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MnB's 2015 NHL Draft Preview: Brendan Warren

Brendan Warren is often the product of his linemates. He will almost certainly get drafted, but what type of situation best suits him is really the issue at hand.

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Name: Brendan Warren

Position: LW (shoots left)

Birthday: 1997-05-07 (Age 18)

2014-15 Teams: United States National Development Team: Juniors (USHL), U18 (USDP), U18 (WJC-18)

2014-15 Stats:

Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
2014-15 USNTDP Juniors USHL 20 7 6 13 33
USA National U18 Team USDP 61 19 19 38 49
USA U18 WJC - U18 7 2 2 4 0
Totals: 88 28 27 55 82

Measurables: 6'0, 192 lbs

Final Rankings:

Ranked #142 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #72 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #66 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #75 by TSN/Bob McKenzie

The Skinny

Chris Dilks of SB Nation College Puck did a quick look at Warren almost three weeks ago, and much of what he had to say was correct.

The downside to Warren's game is that his hands have never quite been able to keep up with his feet. A lack of creativity with the puck and high-end finishing ability has led Warren to put up rather pedestrian scoring numbers. He's much better in a supporting offensive role than as a player that drives play with the puck.

His draft stock wasn't much better, in Dilks' eyes.

He put together a solid season this past year, but didn't put up the type of gaudy offensive numbers one might expect from a top round draft choice.

Warren himself is a competent skater who largely knows his way around the rink. (Seeing a pattern here?) In each of the times he has been scouted by someone at SB Nation, it has been clearly evident that he really doesn't possess the ability to create something out of nothing. He doesn't have a ton of offensive prowess, but he has the ability to finish on plays, something underscored in his total stock.

He is definitely a depth player in every sense of the word, but he packs some pop into the bottom-six on the team, and he was good enough to score at a relatively high pace over the course of the 88 games he played in 2014-15.

Heading to Michigan in the fall of 2015, he'll easily be one of the bulkier players and therefore an energy forward should he put on some muscle this summer. How he will develop will ultimately rest in the hands of Red Berenson and where he is placed in the lineup.

Draft Prediction

While Warren was a second-round guy at the midterm, his stock has dipped a tad, but not out of the draft altogether. He is perfect for a team looking to make a safe pick: good enough to add some insurance to a team deep at forward, but not the best choice for organizations like New Jersey, Boston, or Toronto, looking for skilled talent to add to depleted forward crops.

Warren will definitely go in the third or fourth round, and a lot of teams can utilize his services. Potential suitors include the Colorado Avalanche at 71, Calgary Flames at 76, Florida Panthers at 77, Edmonton Oilers at 79 (though they really need as many defensive prospects as they can get), or the Chicago Blackhawks at 91. If he's not off the board by then, any team can really take a lower-risk grab at him, but at that point in the draft it's best to find underdeveloped skill rather than a "know-what-you're-getting" type of pick in Warren.

Stats and rankings courtesy of Eliteprospects.com