Raw Charge Thunder of the Month: Brayden Point

We’re recognizing Point for his poise as a 20-year-old Bolts rookie.

We’re excited to kick off a new feature every month throughout the season, where the Raw Charge staff selects a player we feel deserves extra love, a high-five, whatever you want to call it, for the effort they put in the previous month.

It’s not necessarily that he made the team out of training camp, it’s how seamlessly Brayden Point has fit in since making the big club that got our staff’s attention and vote for the inaugural Thunder of the Month award.

The Lightning said Point didn’t need to be rushed to make the team, but the 20-year-old went into camp and preseason as if he had the mentality of “I dare you to cut me from this team.” The Lightning couldn’t — and they didn’t.

Point made the opening night roster, playing the season opener on a line with Vlad Namestnikov and Valtteri Filppula, and has played all 10 games with consistent minutes and even time on the power play. His 17:27 minutes of ice time in the 6-1 win over the Islanders on Tuesday night was his season high.

Point has four points — all assists — and while some may be on the edge of their seats waiting for his first goal, to that we say: relax. It’ll come.

Point’s been poised under pressure and plays with confidence, both important qualities as he continues to grow and refine his game. Look at the pass he makes with two defenders on him, a beautiful play right to Tyler Johnson.

The biggest takeaway on what the coaching staff thinks of Point is that when Ryan Callahan returned, Point remained in the lineup. When players have had to be scratched (#LightningProblems), it hasn’t been the new kid on the block who’s had to sit out — it’s been the vets.

Fans around the league have noticed the guy on a team with a lot of firepower already on it.

Yeah, he’s young, we get it.

And to think that the Bolts traded up to get Point. What if they hadn’t? We’re all happy we’ll never have to find out.

Finally, Point loves retweeting about animals. I mean, that’s adorable.

Keep it up Brayden, we’re so happy you’re here!