50 Players, 50 Days: Brandon Speights
April 14, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NA3HL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NA3HL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players, 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 34 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, who are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NA3HL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NA3HL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Brandon Speights, Forward, Mid Cities Jr. Stars
During his third NA3HL season, 21-year-old Brandon Speights settled into a more playmaking-focused role while still producing offense at a high rate, posting at least 30 points for a third straight season.
Following a stout 24-goal, 47-point rookie season that saw him earn a nod to the 2018 Top Prospects Tournament, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Dallas-native returned with another 20-goal season in year two, despite playing 11 fewer games than his first season.
And while his offensive production shifted more to the playmaking side in 2019-20, Speights still finished third in team scoring with 15 goals and 30 assists for 45 points. He closes out an impressive NA3HL career with 59 goals and 65 assists for 124 points in 114 games.
Speights' success at the Junior level came after he climbed the ladder of development from the NAPHL, having spent two seasons with HC Dallas. He posted 14 goals and 16 assists in 47 games with HC Dallas during NAPHL showcases at the 16U and 18U levels.