Mathieu Brisebois
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Mathieu Brisebois

Hometown:

St-Hilaire Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-04-17

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

Trade with Phoenix, 2014

Weight:

174 lbs.

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History

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.

2014-15: Brisebois skated in one AHL game in his second pro season — finishing -2 with no points nor penalties for Rockford in a 5-2 win over Lake Erie on December 13th. Brisbois played 31 games for the Chicago ECHL affiliate Indy before being loaned to the league’s Rapid City Rush in mid-January. Brisebois had a -29 plus/minus with 2 goals and 12 assists skating for the expansion Fuel before providing an offensive spark for Rapid City. In 36 regular season goals he scored 9 goals with 21 assists and was +9 with 44 penalty minutes. The Rush finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the Kelly Cup playoffs. Brisebois scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -3 with 14 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Brisebois is an offensive defenseman who is a shifty skater and has great puckhandling skills. Eager to jump up and join the rush, he has shown scoring ability in the ECHL but is a work in progress in his own end of the ice. 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 needs to improve his skating to improve his play in his own zone.

Future

Brisebois enters the third year of his original entry-level NHL contract and was loaned by Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford to the ECHL's Norfolk Admirals to start the 2015-16 season. Brisebois is still only 22 years old and has offensive instincts and technical skills that separate from other prospects. He is fairly low in the Chicago depth chart at this point but could draw interest from a franchise looking to add some offensive spark. Realistically, his development to this point suggests Brisebois is destined to put up numbers in minor league hockey or could flourish in Europe where his defensive game would be less of an issue.

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