2020 NHL draft profile: Braden Schneider has quite a high ceiling for a 2-way defenseman


As time progresses, more questions continue to be raised about the 2020 NHL draft — from the lottery order, to where the Flyers will pick and just when the draft will be — there’s a lot of unknown territory. 

Until such things begin to be hashed out, we’ll continue to take a look at possible options the Flyers could draft at 26th overall — the current spot they are slotted to make their first selection.

Today, we look at a two-way defensive star that's emerging from the WHL. 

Braden Schneider

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 209
Shoots: Right
Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Scouting report 

The 18-year-old two-way defenseman has been on every scout’s radar since his rookie year with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Not only is he sound when it comes to producing on both ends of the ice, but there is clear progress from season to season as he continues to improve at an impressive rate. 

Through the 2019-20 season and 60 games, Schneider had an offensive spark, nearly doubling his point total from the year prior (24). He led all defensemen on the team with 42 points — seven goals, 35 assists. This also landed him second in assists on the entire team. 

Schneider possesses a high level of maturity when it comes to skill set and mentality that would prove to be a strong addition for any organization. Though his offensive abilities have a lower ceiling in comparison to his limits on the blue line, that shouldn’t faze general managers much — given the amount of potential. 

There is a strong instinct to his game that often sets him apart from others on the ice. Whether it’s on the power play, penalty kill or just working on his zone, he’s able to anticipate play projection that gives him a clear advantage. 

What’s special is just how solid of a foundation he currently has. From the physical edge to quick feet as a strong skater, being fearless with the puck — when it comes to passing and shooting — and still works on improving such elements, he’s a special kind of motivated. 

Fit for Flyers

It’s safe to say the Flyers have had quite a bit of success when drafting from the Wheat Kings, especially when it comes to defensemen. Ivan Provorov, the blue-line staple of the organization, was drafted seventh overall back in 2015 and has proven to be everything and more since. 

Schneider is another strong defender that is capable of taking heavy minutes during a game. Adding that strong shot on the right side would make the Flyers a difficult matchup for any team. 

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