There are a lot of players with interesting stories entering Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Development Camp, and Brady Vail is no exception.
Brady Vail was the 94th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Vail hit the open market after not being signed to an Entry-Level Contract by the Canadiens before the deadline to do so.
After an exceptional season with the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League, Brady Vail got a shot with the Carolina Hurricanes organization in the team’s development camp.
Brady Vail scored 32 goals and had 51 assists in 67 regular season games with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL in the 2013-2014 season. He did not tally any points in 5 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, last season.
Brady Vail’s point total has improved every season in the OHL with Windsor. The 2013-2014 season was his first season with over point-per-game numbers.
The 20-year-old center was born in Palm City, Florida on March 11, 1994. At 6’1″, 196 pounds, Brady Vail is a big forward who can physically impose his will on offense and defense.
Here is what Hockey’s Future had to say about Brady Vail’s future:
“Vail looks to be a two-way center with a bit of offense to his game. But his main stock in trade is his defensive play mixed with good hockey intelligence that makes him an effective checking forward. It remains to be seen if Vail will develop the offensive side of his game at the pro level, but he should be able to get a foothold based on his defensive play.”
That was written prior to his huge breakout season last year with the Windsor Spitfires.
If Brady Vail continues to play well in Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Development Camp, he could get a contract from the team, just like Sergey Tolchinsky did last year. It could be a win-win for both parties. Brady Vail would get a fresh start with a new organization, and the Carolina Hurricanes would get a player that continues to get better and could end up being an NHLer in the future.