Born: November 24, 1989 (age 20)
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
But he comes with some red flags, the biggest of which is that the Caps, who drafted him in the 5th round in 2008, decided to let him walk rather than signing him. Sure, that organization has crazy depth, but who lets a point per game center go for nothing if there's not something else going on?
The Wild took a flyer on him anyway because, why not? Let's see what the kid can do. The scuttlebutt I'd heard on him was that maaaaybe there's a lack of hustle in his game, so I went to a couple of friends (Scotty Wazz and I Mean, We Got Guys -- thanks y'all!) who have seen him in juniors and asked for the low down.
Here's the gist: There is something to the "lazy" reputation, but that could be attributable to his poor skating skills. Apparently Caps scouts have said he's got an NHL shot and hands with ECHL skating. They haven't said that to ME though, so I can't vouch for it, but it's something to look for.
Scott says he's got a beefy frame (ahem) and will take a hit to make a play, but isn't good in 1 on 1 situations and rarely wins those battles. And chemistry may be an issue for him as well, as he did fine throughout his junior career but really blew up when paired with Brandon Kozun (108 and 107 points the last 2 seasons for the Calgary Hitmen).
So he's a guy clearly with a lot of potential in his hands, but we've seen guys with sick hands (but lacking the full package in one way or another) be tremendous disappointments and we've seen them have tremendous success. Which way will Broda go?