Brett Howden


Out of Organization
Calgary, ALB
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1 (#27) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Moose Jaw (WHL)
Projects As: 
Big, two-way scoring line center
Prospect Ranking: 
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Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Draft Type: 
NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Moose Jaw (WHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Entry-level w/slide
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$925 000
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$925 000
$925 000
$925 000


returned to juniors to Moose Jaw for 2017-18 with ELC slide to 2018-19


  • CHL Top Prospect Game
  • Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal
  • U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team


  • U18 WJC Bronze Medal


  • Western Canada Challenge Cup Bronze Medal


Howden played for the Eastman Selects prior to joining the WHL Warriors, amassing 58 points in 38 games his final year. He was taken by Moose Jaw with the No. 5 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. He was an alternate captain for the Warriors in 2016-2017, who were captained by Lightning prospect Brayden Point. Howden, who's older brother, Quinton, played for Moose Jaw before joining the Florida Panthers organization, captained Canada to gold at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, represented Canada at the 2016 U18 tournament, and was part of the CHL Top Prospects game. He said in 2013 that he models his game after Rick Nash.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Maintenance free ... offensively skilled and defensively responsible. His attention to detail is meticulous." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray (via Tampa Bay Times)

“He’s got size, has got a chance to play in all areas, good defensive centerman, play on the power play, kill penalties, really good hockey sense. We feel really good about getting him where we picked.” -- Lightning GM Steve Yzerman

“He’s a complete player. He’s got offensive upside but also understands his responsibilities in the defensive end. He’s a big guy, strong, works hard down low, kill’s penalties, he does it all. He’s a very smart player. Brett competes hard and I think the only thing he needs to work on is that he’d like to generate more offence. But, he’s still a young player and those opportunities will come. There’s no glaring weaknesses in Brett’s game. He just has to work on the fundamentals on and off the ice as any young player does. It’s difficult to compare some of these young players to some current NHL players but he has the upside of a Ryan Kesler. We’ll find out in about 10 years.” -- Moose Jaw GM Alan Millar

"The younger brother of NHL prospect Quinton Howden, Brett is clearly cut from the same cloth. Like his older brother, Brett is tall and lanky and benefits from a strong elongated straight-ahead skating stride. He doesn't shy away from contact and isn't afraid to go to the dirty areas of the ice. Finally, perhaps most excitingly, Howden is a fantastic two-way player who proved extremely valuable to his club in all three zones and in all situations. Despite looking a bit underdeveloped in terms of lower-body strength, Howden's first-step explosiveness is definitely above-average. He wins the majority of his short-area races through a combination of size, speed, and superior body positioning along the boards. When left in open space, meanwhile, Brett hoists a really underrated wristshot that is both decently powerful and very accurate. He has a good shooting repertoire as he has a good slapshot, too, and is capable of making some outstanding deflections and providing screens in front of the opposition goaltender. His stickhandling through small areas is yet another underrated quality to his game. Able to play at all three forward positions, Howden looks most natural playing at centre. He's very good in the faceoff circle, using his size to gain leverage and his strength to overpower opponents in the dots. His playmaking off of the rush could be better, as he has a tendency to dish the puck off to teammates in lowpercentage areas instead of taking advantage of his excellent wristshot. Adding muscle to a lanky frame and becoming more selfish with the puck are two areas of improvement, but otherwise, this is a very complete
prospect." --'s Black Book

"Big immoveable force dominates contested areas and is disruptive all game below the goal line, wearing down opposition. Understands the key to success is to use size to his advantage across the full ice sheet. Majority of his production comes from cleaning up garbage around crease - plants big frame in front for screens and deflections. Uses vision to locate the puck in heavy traffic, protecting it with his wide stance and long wingspan. Surprising acceleration for his size - can beat defenders off the rush. Extremely mature; leads by example every time he steps on ice with high-end character. Dramatic improvement on defensive zone commitment this year - tracks opposition well without the puck. Offensive creativity is fairly limited, must find ways to help generate more scoring. Tends to stop moving feet without the puck. Safe bet to play in NHL, the question is how much he will score." -- Red Line Report

"A top name in prospect circles for a number of years, Brett is nearly a carbon copy of his older brother, Quinton, a first round pick of the Florida Panthers (2010) who played in 58 games for the club in 2015-16. Howden skates very well and displays an easy stride and great first step. He is a competitive, two-way forward who hustles for pucks every shift. With his size, character and hockey IQ, Howden is a very good defensive forward who has been leaned on by Moose Jaw to play critical defensive minutes. He's not a lights-out scorer, but he has some scoring tools. He'll show solid vision and shooting skills, though his hands and creativity aren't the best. He likely won't be a primary puck carrier on the power play as a pro, as he'll get more of his offense from being the main guy to gain the zone and win battles." -- Corey Pronman, ESPN


Owns a projectable 6-2 frame and plenty of two-way ability. Works very hard when on the ice and is a great competitor. Displays some leadership qualities, as well. Is also versatile.


The jury is still out on his long-range production numbers at the National Hockey League level, as he may be limited to third line forward duties. Needs to shoot the puck more and finish opportunities.


Sound, versatile, No. 2 two-way center who can play in all game situations.


Player statistics powered by

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Eastman Selects U18 AAAMU18HL30 11 1324 16|        
 2013-2014 Team Manitoba WCCC-164 4 48 2|        
  Eastman Selects U18 AAAMU18HL38 24 3458 38|Playoffs12 5 914 20 
  Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL5 1 01 2|        
 2014-2015 Team White U17-Dev3 0 22 0|        
  Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL68 22 2446 24|        
  Canada White U17WHC-175 2 13 4|        
  Canada U18WJC-183 2 13 0|        
 2015-2016 Team Red U18-Dev3 1 23 2|        
  Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL68 24 4064 61|Playoffs10 4 1115
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 11 4|        
  Canada U18WJC-186 5 38 8|        
 2016-2017 Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL58 38 4381 73|Playoffs7 2 13 12 
  Syracuse CrunchAHL5 3 14 2|Playoffs3 0 22
 2017-2018 Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL49 24 5175 42|Playoffs14 7 815
  Canada U20WJC-207 3 47 4|        
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 1 12 0|        
 2018-2019 New York RangersNHL66 6 1723 14|        
 2019-2020 New York RangersNHL70 9 1019 28|Playoffs3 0 00

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