Another highly-skilled Roblin, Manitoba product has officially inked a Western Hockey League standard player agreement. Following in the footsteps of Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Josh (Moose Jaw Warriors), Jakob Brook (Prince Albert Raiders, Regina Pats) and Aidan Brook (Medicine Hat Tigers) Roblin’s most recent WHL draftee has put pen to paper on a junior hockey deal.
On Thursday afternoon, it was announced that 2020 second round WHL Bantam Draft selection Brayden Dube – a right-handed shooting 14-year-old – had officially signed an agreement with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The 29th overall pick in this year’s draft wasted little time on the fine print, agreeing to the contract just eight days after the virtual selection process last Wednesday. Seattle had earlier signed first round pick Sam Oremba on Tuesday.
“I am really excited to go join a great, young team,” the 5-foot-8, 150-pound forward said in a team-issued press release. “I feel I am a speedy, offensive forward that can score and sees the ice well. It will be exciting to be at training camp this fall, meet the guys and see the facilities. My parents have driven me and pushed me to become a better player, and I appreciate all that they have done.”
‘Speedy’ is a significant understatement, as Dube absolutely tore up Winnipeg Bantam AAA hockey this past season, leading all scorers with 74 goals, 130 points and 50 penalty minutes in just 36 games for the Parkland Rangers. Dube’s 2019-20 season wasn’t quite like Jonathan Toews’ 2002-03 campaign, which saw the now three-time Stanley Cup champion collect 98 goals and 193 points in 48 games, but his point-per-game pace was very close. Toews produced at a 4.02 point-per-game rate, while Dube put up an average of 3.61 points each game.
“Brayden plays at a high compete level that generates offense with skill and determination,” said Mark Romas, Thunderbirds director of scouting. “He’s gritty, unselfish and always seems to be around the puck. Brayden is the type of player we appreciate and expect to be a great fit for our team.”
Dube was the third Manitoban selected in last week’s WHL Bantam Draft, being chosen just behind Winnipeg Warriors teammates Jayden Perron and Lukas Hansen in the early second round. Dube also saw four of his Parkland teammates (Aiden Ziprick, Carter Zalischuk, Kyan Grouette and Will Munro) selected in the later rounds of the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.