Alex Broadhurst
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Alex Broadhurst

Hometown:

New Lenox Illinois

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-07

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with Chicago Blackhawks, June 2015

Weight:

193 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Alex Broadhurst scored 8 goals with 18 assists in 31 games with Team Illinois’ Tier I midget U16 team. He was selected by Green Bay in the fifth round (61st overall) of the 2009 USHL Future Draft.

2009-10: Broadhurst was the fourth-leading scorer for the Tier I national champion U18 Chicago Mission. In 48 games he scored 16 goals with 29 assists and 26 PMs. In six games at the national tournament he scored 5 goals with 2 assists. Broadhurst skated for the silver-medal winning USA squad at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He committed to playing college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha in either 2011-12 or 2012-13.

2010-11: Broadhurst skated in 55 games for the Green Bay Gamblers in his first USHL season. He scored 13 goals, including 4 game-winners, and had 20 assists; finishing plus-15 with 22 penalty minutes. After finishing second in the East Division, Green Bay reached the Clark Cup finals and Broadhurst scored at nearly a point-per-game pace in the playoffs. In 11 playoff games he scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was plus-seven with 4 penalty minutes. Not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2011 NHL Draft, Broadhurst was selected by Chicago in the seventh round (199th overall).

2011-12: Broadhurst had a memorable second season in Green Bay – leading the Clark Cup champion Gamblers in scoring and finishing as the USHL’s third leading scorer with 73 points. Broadhurst scored 26 goals  with 47 assists in 53 games and was plus-32 with 40 penalty minutes. The Gamblers finished with the league’s best mark, winning 47 of 60 games, and defeated Waterloo in a five-game playoff final. In the USHL playoffs, Broadhurst scored 9 goals with 9 assists in 12 games, including 3 shorthanded goals in one game against Youngstown, and was plus-16 with 6 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Originally committed to playing college hockey, Broadhurst instead played for London, which drafted him in the second round (29th overall) of the 2012 OHL Priority Draft. Broadhurst was the Knights’ third leading scorer on a team that dominated the league in the regular season and won a playoff title. He scored 23 goals with 40 assists in 65 games and was +30 with 36 penalty minutes. Broadhurst scored 10 goals with 18 assists in 21 playoff games. London overcame a three games to one deficit against Barrie in the finals to reach the Memorial Cup. Broadhurst scored 1 goal with 3 assists in five Memorial Cup games. London lost to WHL champion Portland in the Memorial Cup semifinal game.

2013-14: Broadhurst signed a three-year entry-level contract with Chicago in May 2013 and skated in all but one game for the Blackhawks AHL affiliate Rockford in his first pro season. A teammate of his older brother Terry Broadhurst with the IceHogs, he scored 16 goals and was second on the team with 29 assists, finishing minus-1 with 32 penalty minutes in 75 games. Rockford missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.

2014-15: Broadhurst had a tough season in his second year with Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford after leading IceHogs rookies in scoring with 45 points in 75 games in 2013-14. He struggled early in the season and did not register a goal until his sixteenth game. Broadhurst suffered a broken arm that cost him four months of the season. In 29 regular season games he scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes. Rockford finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. Broadhurst skated in seven of eight playoff games, recording 1 assist and finishing -3 with 2 penalty minutes. The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Broadhurst from Chicago in June 2015 as part of the multiplayer trade that sent Brandon Saad to Columbus and Artem Anisimov to the Blackhawks. 

2015-16: Broadhurst was among the team leaders in assists for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters in his third pro season despite missing 15 games due to injury in late December and early January. Lake Erie was one of four teams in the Central Division to compete for the top spot all season, reaching the AHL playoffs. 

Talent Analysis

Broadburst burst onto the professional scene within the Chicago Blackhawks system in Rockford, finishing with a 45-point regular season thanks to his creativity and elusiveness. He was much more of a scoring forward in the USHL and OHL, but has been asked to take on more of a defensive role, especially last season. That may not fit his skillset perfectly, though he proved that it was possible in small spurts.

Future

Broadhurst has developed into a solid playmaker at the AHL level in his third pro season — skating with new Columbus affiliate Lake Erie in 2015-16 in his first season in the Blue Jackets' organization. Despite a series of injuries that have hindered his development, he projects as a solid two-way center.

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