Weight: 196 pounds
Date of birth: June 6, 1999
Hometown: North Bay, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 1, 18th overall, 2015 Priority Selection
The North Bay Battalion selected Brady Lyle with their first-round selection, 18th overall at the Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection in 2015 after a season with Shattuck St. Mary’s U-16 squad after scoring 16 goals and adding 28 assists in 55 games.
Lyle’s OHL debut was derailed when he broke his collarbone in an exhibition game just minutes into the contest and missed the first two months of the season. Once he returned, his role was that of a bottom pairing defenceman.
One thing that can not be underestimated when it comes to Lyle is the effect Coach Stan Butler has. While not all his defenders go onto be superstars, he has a knack for getting his d-men to play as solid a defensive game as possible, and sometimes beyond. For those that have offensive abilities, they go on to be solid two-way defenders. See Cam Dineen as the latest example.
Lyle has good but not great size already. He possesses good speed and agility with very good edge work. His mobility is slightly underrated. He has an ability to carry the puck up ice and maintain possession. He also has an excellent first pass and is very adept at clearing his zone with the pass or by skating the zone. He’ll need to improve doing so under pressure however.
Lyle has strong hockey sense and vision that make him a two-way defender. Lyle could stand to be more physical and that may come as he adds more muscle to his frame. He is excellent at positioning himself in the d-zone and his stick is very active. He transitions to the offense with relative ease, almost always making the right decisions.
Offensively, Lyle has shown to make the right choices when pinching and keeping plays alive. His vision allows him to find his teammates to create scoring opportunities. He’s shown he can quarterback the powerplay. He has a heavy and accurate shot from the point as well.
Lyle was ranked 53rd on the National Hockey League Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.
This is the profile page of Brady Lyle at http://www.eliteprospects.com