There’s little doubt to the skill, skating and puck-moving capabilities that Braden Doyle brings to the table.
The Lawrence Academy senior defenseman has proven time and time again that he can start the offense from the back end. His ability to sidestep oncoming forecheckers, rush the puck up ice and give quality lead passes on the breakout are staples of his game.
“I’m an offensive defenseman. I like to look for the quick passes. I have good vision. I like to join the rush and use my skill to help my team offensively,” said Doyle, who is from Lynnfield, Mass.
His puck possession skills are the reason he earned a roster spot for the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and landed on the initial NHL Central Scouting Watch List for 2019 NHL Draft prospects. The list means very little in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a nice bit of recognition for individual players. It also means that NHL team scouts will be watching his games closely this fall and winter.