The Leafs locked up David Broll,Â a sixth round pick (152nd overall) in last month’s Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract yesterday.Â The 6-foot-1, 225-pound power forward has split the last two seasons between the Erie Otters, and more recently, the Soo Greyhounds.
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In 41 games with Erie he collected 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) with 51 penalty minutes. He finished the season playing 24 games for Sault Ste. Marie registering five goals and seven assists for 12 points along with 34 minutes in penalties.
Broll, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, played for Canadaâ€™s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In five games, he earned two assists and two penalty minutes, while winning a gold medal with Team Canada.
Broll participated in the Maple Leafsâ€™ 2011 Prospect Camp held earlier this July in Etobicoke at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
David Broll won’t be expected to tear up the score sheet or pile up points. It feels like we say this a lot (because we do), but he is a ‘prototypical Brian Burke type of player’ who uses his size to intimidate opponents. One could conservatively project David Broll as a future fit on a fourth line, counted on to throw his weight around and drop the gloves from time to time. However, there has to be reason Leafs brass rushed to put pen to paper with Broll, and it’s likely his physicality combined with hints of offensive usefulness to his game. Writes thescoutingreport.org, who tabbed him as an early third round pick before the draft:
His physicality and ability to lay huge hits are two of the main elements to Brollâ€™s game, but he also has some offensive upside. Heâ€™s a great guy to plant in front of the net on the powerplay and does a great job generating offense off the low cycle.
Broll was criticized by scouts for not being in good physical shape leading up to the draft, but Leaf management was impressed with his physical development when he arrived at the annual Rookie Camp in early-July.
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