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Gilbert Brule Trying To Get Another Shot At The NHL

from Tony Gallagher of the Vanvouver Province,

Brule was drafted sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005, but they dealt him to Edmonton after 2½ disappointing seasons. And the young man who was once tabbed to be a multimillion-dollar superstar in the NHL soon found himself out of the league after the Oilers also cut him loose following three mostly unproductive seasons.

But Brule says there were reasons he hadn’t built on his 2009-10 season, when he scored a career-high 17 goals and 37 points in just 65 games with Edmonton.

Brule was depressed about his fractured relationship with his father, Chris Brule — a man, who until recently, had been heavily involved in his son’s career, even long before he became a star with the Giants.

The medications Gilbert was on seemed to exacerbate the problem.

Brule says he entrusted his father with the care of the money he had worked so hard for, with the understanding that he was building a company for him.

Instead, he says his dad was doing something else with the money, something that ended poorly.

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Primis's avatar

Brule sounds like a mess.

Even setting aside the whole thing with his dad, the fact is he never seemed to live up to expectations in Columbus on a team that quite frankly was so pathetic he wouldn’t have had to fight very hard to get and stay there (remember how long of chances both Filatov and Zherdev got?).  And that doesn’t have anything to do with his relationship with his dad.

Honestly, he had his shots in CBS, EDM, and PHX.  He apparently can’t reinvent himself as a checker/grinder enough, he’s just not worthy of a top six spot in the NHL (which he still seems to think he maybe should be, it sounds like).  I’m guessing he doesn’t feel like playing in the AHL as a scorer to impress anyone either even though his AHL numbers aren’t exactly eye-catching either.

He doesn’t seem to want to earn it.  09-10 was an aberration with 17 goals, not a trend.

People drafted after Brule in 2005:  Anze Kopitar, Marc Staal, Paul Stastny, James Neal, Kris Letang, Jon Quick, Keith Yandle, Tukka Rask….

Brule is an object lesson in not drafting “heart and intangibles” with your lottery picks, because he was undersized coming in and I remember people questioning whether he had an NHL skillset otherwise.

Posted by Primis on 07/17/13 at 09:58 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Brule was such a dominant and exciting player to watch in his junior days with the Vancouver Giants.  People could see there was trouble brewing with him even at that young age. His coach Don Hay had trouble just putting him on the ice even though he was one of the best juniors at the time.

Columbus really missed something with Brule and his off ice problems and wasted a pick, IMO.  Too bad he had all the tools but no box to put them in.

I agree, if wants a comeback start in the ECHL and prove he can play at the next level.  Don’t see it happening.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/17/13 at 12:42 PM ET


I don’t follow Columbus too closely but is this Tyler Wright guy the one responsible for drafting Brule, Filatov, Zherdev, etc?  Wings scouting staff could be in trouble if it is.

Posted by loojay on 07/17/13 at 12:52 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I don’t follow Columbus too closely but is this Tyler Wright guy the one responsible for drafting Brule, Filatov, Zherdev, etc?  Wings scouting staff could be in trouble if it is.

Posted by loojay on 07/17/13 at 12:52 PM ET

Maybe, but he’s going into an established methodology; a formula’s that long in place.  He’s not creating something new like he was in CBJ.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/17/13 at 07:19 PM ET

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