VIDEO — Local Profile of Defender Brenden Kichton
Kevin Schultz , Islanders Point Blank:
One of the players who would have been an interesting invitee had this year’s training camp actually happened is Spokane’s Brenden Kichton. The defender is now in his 5th year in the WHL and was drafted by the Islanders in 2011. The Islanders have to sign Kichton in the coming year and if they don’t the 20-year old can re-enter the draft.
In the following video he talks about that very subject at the 1:40 mark:
“In the back of my mind, I’m always wondering what’s gonna happen next; if the Islanders are going to sign me, if I’m going to go back in the draft or what the deal is.”
Kichton is an interesting case, having been passed over in the 2010 draft after a 19 point season in his sophomore stint in Spokane. After being passed up he headed back to Spokane and broke out in 2010-11 with 81 points in 64 games and put up another 74 in 71 during 2011-12. All of that’s got to be taken with knowledge that many of those points came on the power play and that he’s a year older than the rest of his draft class. Nonetheless, Kichton is an intriguing prospect in what is a deep Islanders defensive pool.