from his performance in sweden, does anyone think he can make a comeback?
Nah, I very much doubt it. Maybe in 3-4 years if he keeps developing. Mora is probably the perfect enviorment for him. Mora is a town of something like 10.000 in the middle of the deep forrest here in Sweden. They got a core of about 10-12 homegrown players with tremendous attitude.
I think enviorment means everything in hockey. It were so obvious during the lockout, many big stars who went to big citys and teams with questionable lockerroom atmosphere didn't give a damn about how they played. While the stars who ended up on these small teams seriously busted their but off.
Brendl have already been scratched for odd periods in Mora. But he is atleast working harder then I have seen him before. If he can build on that, and try to develop his game for the next 3 years, and establish himself on he Czech National Team and play in big tournaments ect its possible someone will take a shot on him.
Though right now he is only fireing away on the PP basically.
Someone who I know that posts on here said it best... he nick-named him... Pavel "My 2nd Home Is McDonald's" Brendl.
When he came to Rangers training camp in 2000 about 10-15 pounds overweight and got sent down Calgary...
All the talent in the world, no drive, what-so-ever. Easily could have been a 50 goal guy at the NHL level if he ever gave a crap. I'd kill for that kind of talent, and there he goes and wastes it away.
I saw Brendl play out here with the Calgary Hitmen, and I saw some real skills. Good skater, great puckhandling and shooting, but he was soft, as in he did not have any fire in his belly. He got fed lots of really nice passes that broke him loose (lots of his numbers were due to playing a Hitmen team that was a wrecking crew in the WHL for a couple of seasons), but I knew, knew, knew that he was not going to be the Rangers saviour. All you had to do was see him out there on the same ice as North American bred players and you could see he was rarely busting his butt, never saw him really angry. The talent side was great, but the guts and attitude side stunk.
If he would have proved me wrong when he got to MSG, I would have been more than happy to eat crow, but he was what he was.