NHL PLAYER, Brady Skjei
Born Mar 26, 1994 -- Lakeville, Minnesota, Unites States
Selected by New York Rangers round 1 #28 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Brady Skjei is an American defenseman, currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Skjei was drafted by the Rangers in the first round, 28th overall of the 2012 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Skjei played for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, based out of Michigan and he represents the United States in international play.
After his final season with the National Team Development Program, Skjei was selected by the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Skjei signed a contract with the New York Rangers on April 1, 2015. He reported to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL as an Amateur Tryout to finish the 2014-15 season. Skjei scored his first professional goal (and point) in a Calder Cup playoff game against the Providence Bruins on April 26, 2015.
He was promoted to the Rangers from Harford on December 15, 2015 after recording 2 goals and 9 assists in 27 games for the Wolf Pack to start the 2015-16 season.
Skjei represents the United States in international play. His first taste of international hockey was at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, where he recorded one goal and three assists in 6 games, while helping the USA to a second-place finish. In 2012, Skjei played in several tournaments with the American Under-18 team, including the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships, capturing a gold medal in the first International Ice Hockey Federation sanctioned tournament he played in. He attended the American evaluation camp in preparation for the 2013 World Junior Championship, but was not selected for the final team. Skjei was selected to the American team for the 2014 World Junior Tournament, held in Sweden.
Skjei has quickly become a household name September 07, 2017
Brady Skjei has made an almost meteoric rise in his time with the New York Rangers, going from burgeoning prospect to top NHL rookie in less than a year. After making a late impression with a 5-game playoff stint in the 2015-16 playoffs, the skillful defenseman went into the following season’s training camp on a mission, and never looked back. He quickly became a fan favorite, appearing in numerous fan videos on the team’s website, and is now considered one of the most popular Rangers in New York. To top it all off, Skjei entered the Rangers’ history books for his 2016-17 season’s performance, becoming only the 4th rookie defenseman to tally at least 30 assists.
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Skjei shines in Rangers defeat May 01, 2017
The New York found themselves in a 2-0 hole after Saurday’s 6-5 overtime defeat to the Ottawa Senators, a defeat that overshadowed the tremendous performance from rookie defenseman Brady Skjei. The 2012 1st round pick registered 2 goals, 4 shots on net and 2 blocks in the loss, and would eventually go on to be named the 3rd star of the contest. The 23-year-old Lakeville, Minnesota-native currently leads all defenseman in goals this postseason, tallying 4 in 8 games to date.
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Skjei has been one of the best rookie defenseman this season March 24, 2017
Brady Skjei may not have entered the season with a lot of buzz, but the young New York Rangers defenseman has quickly become one of the best players in this year’s rookie class. The 22-year-old Minnesota-native has shined on both sides of the ice in 2016-17, registering 4 goals, 30 assists and a plus/minus rating of +15. Skjei’s 34 points places him second in NHL rookie defenseman scoring, an impressive feat considering he is averaging just 17:08 minutes per game.
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