2009-10: Mathieu Brisebois skated for the QMJHL’s Lewiston MAINEiacs as a 17-year-old and played for the Sherbrooke Cougars in Quebec junior A hockey. In 31 regular season games he had 7 assists and was -5 with 22 penalty minutes. Lewiston made the playoffs despite finishing last in the Central Division. Brisebois played in three games in the playoff series against Drummondville and was -4 with no points and 4 penalty minutes. In 32 games with Sherbrooke he scored 7 goals with 9 assists and had 32 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Brisebois joined Rouyn-Noranda after Lewiston folded — skating in 47 games in his first season with the Huskies. He scored 3 goals with 15 assists and was -27 with 32 penalty minutes. Rouyn-Nouranda had the league’s worst record; winning just 12 games.
2011-12: Brisebois was the second-leading scorer for Rouyn-Noranda in his third QMJHL season. He scored 17 goals and led the Huskies with 39 assists; finishing -17 with 106 penalty minutes in 68 games. Rouyn-Noranda made the playoffs despite finishing last in the West Division and was swept by Shawinigan in a first round series. Brisebois scored 1 goal and was -6 with 12 penalty minutes in four playoff games.
2012-13: Brisebois was the leading scorer amongst Rouyn-Noranda defensemen as an overage 20-year-old and also finished second on the Huskies with 103 penalty minutes. He scored 19 goals with 54 assists and was +15 in 64 games. The Huskies were one of the big turnaround stories in junior hockey — finishing second in the West Division and reaching the QMJHL semifinals. Brisebois scored 3 goals with 12 assists and was -6 with 24 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes in March, 2013.
2013-14: Brisebois spent his first pro season in the AHL — beginning the year with Coyotes’ affiliate Portland before being acquired by the Chicago organization along with David Rundblad in exchange for a 2014 second round pick in March 2014. In 28 games with the Pirates he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-5 with 30 penalty minutes. A teammate of Blackhawks’ prospect Dillon Fournier in junior hockey, Brisebois skated in 13 games for Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford; scoring 2 goals with 5 assists and finishing minus-1 with 19 penalty minutes. The IceHogs missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.
An offensive defenseman, Brisebois is a shifty skater and has great puckhandling skills. Eager to jump up and join the rush, he has learned how to pick his spots better as he has matured. He has great vision in the offensive zone and moves the puck well, as well as displaying a great shot and the patience to get it on net. Only average sized for a defenseman, he will also need to improve his skating to improve his play in his own zone.
With several defensemen in the Chicago system, Brisebois is playing for the Indy Fuel of the ECHL to start his second pro season in 2014-15. Like former Rouyn-Noranda teammate Dillon Fournier he possesses some offensive skill but is still fairly raw as a prospect.