The Edmonton Oilers have signed two prospects who could end up being actual NHL players.
Both Kyle Brodziak (in photo) and Mathieu Roy have been quietly building solid resumes in pro hockey and each have had some time in the NHL.
Neither has a good pedigree, both work hard and play a smart game, both have gotten nice reviews from the head coach. Brodziak has 173 games in the AHL and led his AHL team in scoring in 2006-07. He’s in a very good spot heading into this fall’s camp and I don’t think anyone would be shocked if he made it on the 4th line or as an extra forward to start the season. He’s building a resume somewhat similar to Rem Murray’s, although Rem the Gem was an NHL regular at age 24 (Brodziak is 23).
Mathieu Roy is a favorite of mine for lots of reasons. He’s an underdog who doesn’t get as many opportunities as a guy like Matt Greene but has showed well in his chances at the big league level. He’s 24 and has 162 games in the AHL, and there’s a chance the Oilers will lose him if he’s sent down during training camp this fall (Roy is one of FIVE defenders on the Oilers roster born in 1983. Matt Greene was born the day before I was married. Good grief).
If we built a depth chart, Roy would be about #8D and Brodziak #5C (or so). Still, they have some things going on and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see them both break camp with the big club.