Lethbridge Hurricanes winger Brayden Burke didn’t expect to don a sweater on the 2015 NHL draft floor. He only suited up in 42 games as a WHL freshman that season with eight goals and 34 points on his stats sheet.
The 2016 NHL draft was a different story. He broke out in 2015-16 as one of the WHL’s most prolific playmakers on a resurged Hurricanes club. A testament to his success is how he led the league in assists with 82 while adding 27 goals in a 72-game season.
“I tried to keep it simple and play my game,” Burke says on his breakout year. “I played with some great linemates and had the confidence of my coach and team behind me. We had a lot of success on the power play and came together as a team.”
Nonetheless, despite his phenomenal numbers and elite playmaking abilities, the 5-foot-10, 163-pound Burke found himself in a familiar spot on draft day. He was passed over for the second straight year by 30 NHL clubs.
“I didn’t know how the draft would shakeup,” says Burke. “I didn’tRead More »from Lethbridge’s Brayden Burke uses draft disappointment as extra motivation