Friday, August 14, 2015

Logical Expectations: #7 - T.J. Brodie

Credit: Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports
Logical Expectations is a feature that will run throughout the summer detailing what we, as Flames fans, should expect from the players that play for our beloved team.

Today, we focus on young defenseman T.J. Brodie.

The city of Calgary was invited to T.J. Brodie's coming-out party last year, and boy, did they enjoy what they saw: Brodie set career-highs in goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, shots, and - of course - shooting percentage, and was (as usual) a very strong possession player.

What Do We Want From Him?

Brodie is best known as Calgary's best player to ever wear the #66...

Well, maybe just to Penguins fans.
Ok, ok, maybe Brodie is best known as a very solid defenseman with excellent possession numbers and decent offence. That's how the majority of Flames fans know him, and the metrics add up with that statement:

There are 7 categories where Brodie is above top-6 level! Brodie wears #7! Whoa.
Brodie is a lights-out possession player, and playing with a more offensively-oriented guy in Mark Giordano allows him to focus on that more rather than jump up in the rush. He's usually the one starting it with a ridiculous backhand pass rather than the finisher - last year, he scored 19 fewer goals than assists. Expect that trend to continue this season, and expect his offensive totals to climb as he begins to enter the very early stages of his prime.


Projected stat-line: 80 GP, 13 G, 36 A, 49 PTS, 32 PIM

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