Howden, Brett

Bolts Ink Brett Howden to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Brett Howden to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Howden, 6-foot-3, 191 pounds, has played in 21 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League this season, recording 16 goals and 32 points along with four power-play goals. He ranks fourth on the Warriors for goals and fifth for points despite missing time due to injury. Howden’s current 1.52 points per game average would be a career high.

A native of Oakbank, Manitoba, Howden has skated in 162 career WHL games, all with Moose Jaw, with 63 goals and 143 points. He has also amassed 104 penalty minutes and 20 power-play goals. Howden played in 10 WHL playoff games last season and notched four goals and 15 points. He was named the Warriors’ Rookie of the Year for the 2014-15 season.

Howden was selected by Tampa Bay in the first round, 27th overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-27-16 Hurricanes at Lightning

Valiant Third Period comeback bid by Junior Lightning gives hope for the future.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots for ye old backdoor loss. It was a respectable outing for both netminders who get additional time thanks to the World Cup of Hockey.

First Period
19:07 CAR Br. Sutter (1), (Foegele)

Second Period
10:26 CAR Wallmark (1), (Kuokkanen)
11:28 CAR Skinner (1), (Stempniak, Pesce)

Third Period
11:28 TB Point (1), (Johnson, Hajek)
18:41 TB Imama (1), (Vermin, Cerelli)

Brayden Point was the game's third star.

This is going to be a strange camp/preseason because of it being chopped up by the WCOH. The silver lining is some extra time for potential future contributors like Point, who didn't embarrass themselves tonight. Among those prospects, the ice time was as follows, revealing more who the organization wanted to take a long early look at for the future than who they trust and are thinking about from an NHL roster standpoint for this season...


Brett Howden was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:50. He was also 44% on 9 draws.

Point had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:38. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and 1 shot in 15:36. He was also 39% on 18 draws.

Joel Vermin had a helper and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 15:19.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:04.

Dennis Yan had 2 penalty minutes in 12:40.

Boko Imama had 1 goal, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 10:28. He also killed 0 Hurricanes with his fists... this time.

Libor Hajek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in a hefty 20:45.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:59.

Matthew Spencer was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 18:51.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:23.

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First Round, 27th Overall, C Brett Howden

Name: Brett Howden
Position: Center
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 192 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: 29 MAR 98
Club: Moose Jaw (WHL)

Moose Jaw (WHL), 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM; Playoffs: 10 GP, 4-11-15, 4 PIM

Scouting Comments:
Consensus is that he projects to be a smart, dependable, two-way player that is safe bet to make the NHL and play with some jam and in all game situations. Work ethic and dedication to improvement is off the charts, and heralded as a great teammate with commitment to winning.

Brett Howden


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

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
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 for 2016-17 season


  • 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.


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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Eastman Selects Midget AAAMMHL30 11 1324 16|        
 2013-2014 Team Manitoba WCCC-164 4 48 2|        
  Eastman Selects Midget AAAMMHL38 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 Memorial4 0 11 4|        
  Canada U18WJC-186 5 38 8|        
 2016-2017 Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL58 38 4381 73|        

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