2004-05 was Evan Brophey’s third full season in the OHL. The late 1986 prospect had previously spent two years with the Barrie Colts but was dealt to Belleville in late October after just ten games this past year. Prior to the trade, Brophey had notched 10 points in Barrie’s first eight contests. The Kitchener born center recorded three points in his first game with the Bulls and had scored eight in his first week with his new team. It was a pace he couldn’t keep up though and Brophey’s second half to the season saw a considerable dropoff in his point production compared to the first three months.
Brophey had a successful season in Belleville, enough so that he was named as the team’s outstanding centerman. His 71 points were second highest on the team during the regular season and in his club’s five-game first round playoff loss to Peterborough, Brophey added three more points.
2007-08: Brophey played his first season in Rockford, recording four goals and 15 assists in 74 games with the IceHogs. This was a sharp contrast to his final playing days in Plymouth (OHL), where he put up 107 points during the 2006-07 season and led the team in scoring. However, Brophey was an over-aged junior at the time, which likely inflated his numbers. In any event, it was difficult for him to match this success at the AHL level against more experienced players. Given Rockford’s depth at center and Brophey’s inconsistency, he only saw action in one of the team’s 12 playoff games.
Has size and uses the players around him well. He has been criticized for inconsistency, lack of grit, and being an opportunist.
Brophey should continue to see third or fourth-line duties in Rockford next season.