How Good Is Brett Brochu?
Central Scouting listed 6 OHL goalies on the list. Only one, Nico Daws sits above Brochu statistically in the OHL.
Brochu is second in the OHL in goals against average (2.49) and save percentage (.919).
Daws is first in both with a 2.27 and .931.
The other goalies listed sit 12th, 15th, 21st, 25th, and 36th in goals against average, and 9th, 18th, 25th, 31st, and 41st in save percentage.
So why isn’t Brochu rated? Likely because he’d be the only sub-six-foot goalie on the list.
It’s true the NHL has long favoured big netminders, but make no mistake when the question comes up of how good Brett Brochu is…because the answer is very, very good.
He was a work horse in Minor Midget ‘AAA’ carrying his Chatham-Kent Cyclones team. He was the PJHL Stobbs Division Rookie of the Year asa 16-year-old playing Junior. He played in 38 of 40 games for the Dresden Kings that year amassing a 2.46 GAA and .915 save percentage, followed by a 2.10 and .931 in 11 playoff games.
For the London Knights this season he has a 26-0-0 record, after stealing the starters job from NHL drafted Jordan Kooy, and later from overage acquisition Dylan Myskiw.
Brochu was then named the OHL Goaltender of the Month for January, and the OHL Rookie of the Month.
Yet, NHL Central Scouting rated 41 goalies from across the globe, and not Brochu.
How good is Brett Brochu? He is good. He is pro hockey good, and the 1-2 inches smaller he is? That must explain the smaller GAA and save percentage. And we’re pretty sure every other OHL team out there would shave a few inches off their goalies for the dozen extra wins Brochu has accumulated for his team.
That’s how good Brett Brochu is.