Alex Broadhurst
Image: Terry Wilson/OHL Images

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:

5-10

Acquired:

7th round (199th overall), 2011

Weight:

150 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

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.

 

Talent Analysis

An undersized but talented pivot, Broadhurst possesses excellent offensive creativity and quickness. Not a very big forward, he may find it tough to find the same space that he did as a junior player. Broadhurst's defensive game made strides during his year in London, where he skated on the team's penalty kill in addition to his even strength and powerplay roles. Although he has mostly skated at center in Green Bay and London, Broadhurst may wind up on the wing at the pro level.

 

Future

The younger Broadhurst brother parlayed a strong OHL debut with London into a pro contract with the Blackhawks. Alex will make his pro debut in Rockford this season, where he will play with his brother, Terry.

 

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