Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Gilbert Brule to ZSC Lions (Swiss League)
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08-14-2012, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by The Kingslayer View Post
He was rushed by the Jackets. I think he could've turned out much better had he not been rushed.
He was sent back to his junior team after 7 games (and an injury). He had 4 points in 7 games in the NHL that season, did fantastic in the pre-season. The next season it was the NHL or WHL. It seemed like a no-brainer for him to stay in the NHL. He could have benefited from time in the AHL that season, but it wasn't an option. He needed to learn how to transition his game to the NHL and that never happened. But another season of junior hockey would have just kept inflating his ego and reinforcing what he was doing playing against kids.

Part of the problem that's set-up with teams like Columbus or Edmonton is that rookies like Brule are penciled into the starting lineup and don't understand the amount of work that it takes to make the NHL. Everything comes very easy in pre-season but that's not the regular season

Injuries didn't help Brule either and playing his style of hockey against bigger, stronger players was a recipe for non-stop injuries.

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