Michigan freshman forward Brendan Brisson became the third and final NCAA selected in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft when the Vegas Golden Knights selected him with the 29th overall pick.
Brisson, the son of NHL agent Pat Brisson, had a breakout season with the USHL’s Chicago Steel that saw him rise from a mid-round draft pick into the first round. He scored 59 points in 45 games for the Steel, which set a USHL record for regular season wins. Brisson also had a breakout performance at December’s World Jr. A Challenge, which is what really began discussion of him as a first round draft pick.
Brisson’s best skill is his hockey sense, which allows him to sneak into open scoring positions, and his blistering shot and ability to finish off plays. Though he’s not a huge player, he has potential to be a big goal scorer at both the collegiate and pro level.