McNabb earns Player of the Week honors

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, April 18, 2011 | 4/18/2011

Kootenay ICE captain Brayden McNabb has been named the WHL Player of the Week.

From the WHL website:

McNabb picked up six points, scoring one goal and five assists to go with a +2 rating in two games over the last week, helping the Ice to a 4-0 series win over the Saskatoon Blades to advance to the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship Series.

On Tuesday, April 12th, the Kootenay Ice hosted the Saskatoon Blades for game three of their second round series at the Cranbrook Rec Plex. McNabb scored one goal, added two assists and was named the games 1st Star as the Ice downed the Blades 3-0 to take a 3-0 series lead. The following night, Wednesday, April 13th, the Ice had the opportunity to upset the top seed in the 2011 WHL Playoffs in front of a home crowd in Cranbrook. McNabb collected three assists as the Ice defeated the Blades 5-2 to advance to the next round.

The Kootenay Ice will now face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship Series starting Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30pm MT at the Medicine Hat Arena.

McNabb, a 20 year old (born 1991) from Davidson, SK, is playing his fourth season with the Kootenay Ice. The Ice made him their 2nd round (37th overall) selection at the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft and was selected in the 3rd round (66th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. McNabb set career highs in all offensive categories this season and finished 3rd among WHL defenceman in scoring gathering 72 points (21 goals, 51 assists) in just 59 games. He is currently 6th among all WHL Scorers in the post-season with 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in 10 games.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

These player rankings are ridiculous.
Marcus Foligno is the 5th best prospect in the Sabres system?
That's laughable, he's a non-factor playing in his final year in junior

The Sabres have 12 prospects ranked higher than Gragnani?

Kris Baker said...

I stand by the winter rankings.

There will be some movement in the next chart, but overall, yes there are 12 prospects ahead of Gragnani in my opinion. He's 24 years old. The rankings aren't chart of who's closest to playing for the Sabres. You project the younger guys to where you think they'll be when they're 24...

Watching all of these guys, I think McNabb and Foligno project very similarly. Calling Foligno a non-factor though is a little over the top though. Even in the playoffs when he didn't score much he was jamming guys and trying to make things happen. His last game especially. He was a beast. Was his postseason a disappointment? Yeah a little bit, but it doesn't make the man and I suspect he may have been hampered by some things. Was he a non-factor in the World Jrs? Hardly laughable and hardly ridiculous, esp when those rankings were posted (Christmas-ish). And if you've been reading the site for some time, you know I like McNabb plenty. In fact I wrote about both of them in the '09 draft preview...

Thanks for reading.

Anonymous said...

My top 4 for next year would be...

1. Luke Adam
2. Zach Kassian
3. Brayden McNabb
4. Mark Pysyk

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