“Brandon came to us a very raw goaltender with terrific athleticism and potential,” Greyhounds general manager Kyle Dubas said when Halverson was invited earlier this month. “Through the season we worked very diligently under the guidance of Jon Elkin and began to see the rewards of his hard work with exceptional play down the stretch which he has carried through the spring.”
Brad MacCharles, a goalie scout for International Scouting Services, has said Halverson could be a mid-round steal.
“He’s a big kid at 6-foot-4 who still has a lot of filling out to do in his slender frame, but he is positionally sound and takes up a lot of net with minimal effort,” MacCharles told Yahoo! Sports. “He is a guy that got better as the season went on and he gained more confidence playing at that level. He hasn’t seen a lot of action, but has had the good fortune to play behind an NHL-drafted goaltender in Matt Murray. Halverson also has the benefit of being tutored by Jon Elkin in Sault Ste. Marie, one of Canada’s top goalie coaches, so I think he’s in a great situation to develop his game.”
The draft resumes today at 10 a.m., starting with the second round. No goaltenders were selected in Friday’s first round.
Halverson’s Greyhounds teammate Jared McCann was the 24th pick by Vancouver.