Lightening Rookie Point Impresses at World Juniors

Things are really looking up for Tampa Bay Lightening top prospect, Brayden Point. But it seems like his performance hiked right from the beginning of this year.

The abilities of Point came into play when he was added into the lineup of team Canada at IIHF World Junior Championships. He actually led them in smoking out team Russia with 5-4.

In that particular contest, Point had appeared in seven games and still  managed to record 2 goals and 4 points complimented by an assist.

And perhaps that is why the Lightening were convinced by his amazing performance to an extent of accepting to take him in on an entry level agreement.

Nonetheless, they did not allow him to remain in the big league, they deployed him to their junior team affiliate in Syracuse. While still in the AHL affiliate, Point bagged two goals.

Point participated in the World Junior Summer Showcase in Calgary a few days ago. He was in deed impressive on the ice. Team Canada had four games in a row but Point only appeared in just two of them.

And by the end of the last game, the 19 year old had bagged two goals and four points to help beat team Czech Republic with 7-1.

“Brayden was his usual self,” said Lightning director of amateur scouting Al Murray, who was on hand to watch Point’s dominating performances.

“There’s not many games you go to at any level where he’s not one of the best players or the best player on the ice. He was that again for Team Canada.”

Murray already predicted that the skater will have a bright future. Good things are actually bound to happen to Point for his impressive performance at an early age.

“He played on Team Canada last year,” Murray said. “He’ll be one of their top players this year. He’s just a tremendous offensive player with terrific skill.”

Other than Point, Mitchell Stephens also excelled for team Canada. Stephens was Tampa Bay’s first choice during the 2015 NHL draft. He earned one goal after playing in three games of the contest.

“He played on the second line one game, fourth line another game,” Murray said. “He played center and both wing positions.

He made a very good account of himself. What he showed again this year at the Under-20 level is he can play any of the three forward positions and on any of the four lines.”

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