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Brady Skjei
Brady Skjei
Defenseman  - NYR
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 26, 1994  (Age 20)
Birthplace: Lakeville, MN, United States
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Drafted: NYR / 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (28th overall) PROSPECT BIO
COLLEGE CAREER
2013-14: Established collegiate career-highs in games played (40), goals (six), assists (eight), points (14), and plus/minus rating (plus-15) ... Tied for second among Minnesota defensemen in goals ... Tallied the first multi-goal game of his career on Mar. 15 vs. Michigan (two goals) ... Registered the first multi-assist game of his career on Mar. 29 vs. Robert Morris ... Recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the final nine games of the season ... Tallied one assist and ranked second on Team USA with a plus-five rating in five games at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship
2012-13:
Made his collegiate hockey debut on Oct. 12 vs. Michigan State. Ranked second on the team among freshman defensemen in goals, assists, and points. Registered two points (one goal, one assist), including his first collegiate goal/assist/point, on Oct. 13 vs. Michigan State. Recorded an assist on Feb. 8 at St. Cloud State.

U.S. NATIONAL TEAM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CAREER

2011-12: Established USHL career-highs in games played (60), assists (19), points (23), and penalty minutes (36) with the U.S. National Under-18 Team. ... Tied for seventh on the team in assists ... Tied for third among team defensemen in points and ranked fourth in assists.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
2012: Helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the Under-18 World Championship, recording one assist, 10 shots on goal and a plus-10 rating in six tournament contests. ... Led all tournament skaters with a plus-10 rating.

SCOUTING REPORT
Possesses impressive size and physical strenth. ... Is an exceptional skater. ... Displays the qualities of a shutdown NHL defenseman. ... Above average backwards skater with an above average shot.

BACKGROUND
Entered the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ranked 19th overall among North American skaters in the final Central Scouting Rankings. ... Committed to the University of Minnesota for the fall of 2012. ... Lists skating in the Minnesota State Tournament in 2010 with Lakeville North High as his favorite hockey memory. ... His grandfather, Stan, was a collegiate football star for the University of Minnesota in the early 1960s. ... Is a fan of Jessica Alba and singer Carrie Underwood. ... Also enjoys playing golf and football.

QUOTEBOOK
“He has NHL size and strength and is an above average NHL skater right now. He has the potential to be a shutdown defensemen.” — Amateur Scout, Tom Thompson

“Skating and size are his biggest attributes. He has solid shutdown type qualities and plays with some edge. He is a possible top-4 shutdown guy.” — Amateur Scout, Kevin Maxwell

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
June 22, 2012 –- Selected by the Rangers in the first round, No. 28 overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.