Sunday, September 11, 2011

Brady Vail

Brady Vail - Windsor Spitfires

6'1" - 190 LBS
D.O.B. March 11, 1994

The American born Vail was a 4th round selection, 67th overall, of the Spitfires in the 2010 Priority Draft.

In 2008-09, Vail played for Detroit Compuware Minor Midget  and helped lead his squad to the championship with 11 goals and 11 assists in 31 games.

In 2009-10 he played for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL and at 15 years of age, was one of the youngest players to ever play for the Hawks. He scored 4 goals and 4 assists with 40 PIM in 46 games for Waterloo.

In July of 2010, Vail committed to the Spitfires. Windsor GM Warren Rychel had this to say at the time: “We expect big things from Brady this season.  He has the potential to be a premier power forward and a force within the OHL.  I’m excited to add a player of his caliber to our lineup and Brady will be a big part of our hockey club in the upcoming seasons." 

In his first season with Windsor, he played in 61 games scoring 3 times and adding 7 assists to go along with 27 PIM. Vail made NHL Central Scouting's preliminary B list for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Vail works hard to keep himself in shape. He readily admits that one thing he needs to improve is his speed. His commitment to working out will provide him with the success. He already possesses size, although he could bulk up more and once he gains the speed he is looking for, he will become more of a threat on opposing defensemen.

Vail has decent finishing abilities. He knows where to go on the ice allowing teammates to find him. He goes to dirty areas with a purpose. And this season, he will be rewarded with more ice time and that will come confidence, something that bodes well for a kid that's almost always jumped ahead to play with and against players older than him.

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