Brochu Named A Top Overage NHL Draft Prospect By The Hockey News
The Hockey News listed their top 15 overage prospects for the 2021 NHL draft, and Tilbury’s Brett Brochu was among the list.
Brochu’s story is quite an interesting one. He made the jump up to the OHL for his draft year after spending a year in Junior C of all places, so it’s safe to say Brochu wasn’t on the draft – or Hockey Canada’s radar – heading into 2019-20. He had a stellar OHL rookie campaign, going 32-6-0 with a .919 save percentage and a league-leading 2.40 GAA with the always spectacular London Knights. For a goalie to jump up three leagues to become an OHL star is nearly unheard of, but Brochu’s numbers rivalled that of the league’s most experienced veterans and forced Hockey Canada to take notice, giving him a shot at the World Junior Championship roster back in the winter. Brochu ultimately missed out on the team and hasn’t played a game since, instead sitting and learning from the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre Scranton this year. It’s hard for a goalie to not get into any meaningful game action, but scouts took notice of what he did during the streamed Hockey Canada camp games and could – and should – take a chance on him.
There is some thought that overage athletes will have an increased chance of selection this year as scouts will have had a larger sample size to view them in compared to prospects who missed some or all of their season this year.