Joel Broda
Image: WHL

Joel Broda

Hometown:

Prince Albert Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-11-24

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2010

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2007-08: Broda ranked third on Moose Jaw (WHL) in goals (30) and fourth in points (53). He combined for 73 games between Tri-City and Moose Jaw.  Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 5th round (144th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.

2008-09: Broda went from being the top scorer on a last-place club to competing for the WHL championship after a mid-season trade from Moose Jaw to Calgary. He scored 36 goals with 12 assists and was +7 in 39 games with Moose Jaw prior to the trade. In 28 regular season games with Calgary he was +20 with 17 goals and 22 assists as the Hitmen finished first in the Central Division. Broda led Calgary in scoring with 11 goals with 13 assists in 18 playoff games and was +5 as the Hitmen reached the WHL finals. He was named to the WHL East Second All-Star team.

2009-10: Broda returned to Calgary for an overage season with the Hitmen following Capitals' camp. He scored a team-leading 39 goals with 34 assists in 66 games as the Hitmen finished with the WHL's best record during the season and won the league playoff title. Broda scored 23 of his 39 goals on the power play, which partially explains his -1 plus/minus. Broda scored 13 goals with 4 assists and was +5 in 23 playoff games and added 2 goals with 1 assist in three games at the Memorial Cup. Broda was not signed by the Capitals and became an unrestricted free agent; signing a three-year, entry level contract with Minnesota in July 2010.

2010-11: Broda split his first pro season between the Wild's AHL and ECHL affiliates; skating for Houston and Bakersfield, respectively. After spending the first two months with Houston, seeing limited ice time, Broda was sent to Bakersfiled to play for the Condors, making four cameo appearances with the Aeros in the second half. In 22 games with the Aeros he scored 5 goals with 2 assists and was -2 with 16 PMs. Broda scored at nearly a point-per-game pace during his tenure with the Condors and was selected to play in the ECHL All-Star Game. In 32 regular season games he scored 17 goals with 13 assists and was +9 with 39 PMs. Broda had one assist and was -2 in the Condors' four-game playoff series with Victoria.

2011-12: Broda spent the entire year with Wild AHL affiliate Houston in his second pro season. Broda provided supplemental scoring and some physical play for the Aeros. He scored 14 goals with 13 assists and was minus-seven in 72 games. His 59 penalty minutes were fourth-most on the Aeros. Houston finished fourth in the West Division; falling to Oklahoma City in four games in a best-of-five first round playoff series. Broda had 1 assist and was minus-two with 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

Goal scorer with average size.

 

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