Michael Brodzinski
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Michael Brodzinski

Hometown:

Coon Rapids Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-05-28

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (141st overall), 2013

Weight:

193 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History
Talent Analysis

Michael Brodzinski is an offensive-defenseman with boom-or-bust potential. He is a good skater, and has the athletic build to compensate for his smaller size. His offensive skill set is intriguing. He has all the offensive tools to become a world class blueliner but his poor decision making process hinders that potential. He tries to make the exceptional play on both ends of the ice whenever he can, and this results in many turnovers.

He has an excellent shot, which commands plus strength and is very accurate. His passing could use some work but it is still well above average. Brodzinski is often criticized for his defensive play  but he has under-appreciated defense in his game. His mistakes cause chances, but he often remedies those mistakes with big saves. He will need to work on his hockey sense but given where he is at in his development, he could be an NHL player one day.

 

Future

Brodzinski has committed to the University of Minnesota for the upcoming 2013-14 season, and he will look to crack the United States World Juniors roster in December after being invited to camp in the summer.

 

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