With the way the last couple of years have gone, this season in particular, it’s getting harder and harder to find positives for the Calgary Flames. But looking on their blue line, they may have found at least one in defenseman T.J. Brodie.
The trade of Jay Bouwmeester prior to last week’s trade deadline has allowed Brodie to see a bigger role for the Flames. If he can prove that he belongs, he could be one to watch in the future for this organization.
Brodie is in his second full season in the league. He posted 14 points in 54 games with Calgary last season, including a pair of goals to go along with his 12 assists. Nearly half of his points came on the power play, with six of his 14 coming when the Flames were on the man advantage.
This season, Brodie is at eight points on the year. If it were a full season, he’d be on pace to top his previous career high for points. He’s not exactly the total package on defense, but can be an asset for this team in the future.
Brodie isn’t a physical guy. He’s 6’1″, but doesn’t have a ton of meat on that frame, which is why he only has 17 hits in 36 games this year. What he is is an offensive defenseman. He can move the puck well and has a terrific shot from the point. If he can bulk up a bit, he can be a tremendous asset for this team in the future.
Following the Bouwmeester trade, it’s already becoming clear that the Flames intend on using Brodie a lot in the future. He’s played up over 23 minutes without Bouwmeester in the lineup and is seeing time in more crucial situations. If he can succeed there, he looks like a potential building block for this franchise.