Sea Dogs rookie Brady Burns is 5’7” 140lbs. You don’t need to be a hockey insider to know that’s not very big for a player in the QMJHL, but you wouldn’t know it when you watch him play. Brady carries himself with confidence and swagger and lets his play on the ice speak for itself.
“Obviously the size and speed are the first things you notice in this league. It’s something I have to work on as a 16 year old in this league. I’m a smaller player and my speed’s not quite where I want it right now but those are the two things you have to keep up on if you want to be a stand out player.”
With NHL teams drafting smaller players every year, Brady can see more opportunities for himself on the horizon if he can hone in on certain aspects of his game.
“I think in this league and even the NHL things are changing and smaller players are getting more of a look these days. You have to have speed if you’re a smaller player so that’s something I’m working towards. I’d start with my first three steps, it’s something I really want to work on because I feel like I can win a lot more puck battles if I had those strong first steps. My shot is another thing I want to work on, I feel like if I had a quicker release and a harder shot there’s a few more goalies I could beat and maybe a couple chances earlier in the year that could have gone my way.”
Burns has seen success in his short career with 10 points in 24 games, already surpassing the rookie point totals of Sea Dogs alumni Matthew Highmore and Spencer Smallman.
“I’ve been pretty pleased, individual stats aren’t what we’re looking for right now at this point in the year as we are going through a rough patch right now and we’re just trying to pull out a win and I think we’re doing everything we can to prepare and tonight is the night we’re going to turn it around”
With the Christmas break looming Burns is looking forward to the second half of the season.
“My goals coming up to the break – I think I’ve been given the opportunity to contribute more lately and chip in offensively so that’s what I’ve been trying to do. I think I’m starting to pick it up more and I have a better feel for the league. I think things are starting to turn around, I just have to keep working towards that. After Christmas is a going to be a new chapter so I’ve got to bring a new energy.”