Justin Brazeau is ready to be unleashed in the American Hockey League (AHL) next season. At 6’6″ and 225 Lbs he is much bigger than your average Maple Leafs prospect. Here is a look at what to expect from the 22 year old.
Justin Brazeau In The Ontario Hockey League
Brazeau spent four years in the OHL playing for the North Bay Battalion. His first two years in North Bay were rather unproductive and the big winger went undrafted. In his third season however, he began to show the hockey world that he was more than just a big body on the ice. Brazeau scored 39 goals and 36 assists for 75 points in 68 games during the 2018-19 season.
During his fourth and final season in the OHL, Brazeau became an unstoppable force. He was now the captain of the Battalion and would go on to score 61 goals and 52 assists for 113 points in 68 games. His 61 goals lead the league and he also finished second in points that season.
Justin Brazeau Signs With The Toronto Marlies
In April of 2019, Brazeau was a highly sought after free agent for many NHL teams. In the end he chose to sign a two year AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies. His base salary for each season is $70,000 along with a $60,000 signing bonus each season.
Brazeau spent the first year of his new contract with the Newfoundland Growlers in the ECHL. With the Growlers, Brazeau scored 27 goals and 28 assists for 55 points in 57 games. He also made the ECHL All Rookie Team.
This season Brazeau will look to make an impact in the AHL with the Marlies. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there is no telling how long we will have to wait to see Brazeau and the Marlies play. When play does resume, Brazeau will be hard to miss.
During the offseason Brazeau will continue to work heavily on his biggest weakness – his skating. He did improve slightly last season compared to his final year in the OHL, but more work is needed. Although he does lack foot speed, he makes up for it with his positioning and hockey IQ. Brazeau is rarely caught out of position, but the foot speed will need to improve if he ever wants a shot at the NHL.
Final Thoughts On Justin Brazeau
I really do hope that Brazeau can improve his skating and become a top contributor for the Marlies. He has a strong work ethic, so I know he’s going to give it everything he has. I look forward to watching him continue his development. I’ll just have to wait longer than usual this time.