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Gilbert Brule signs in Swiss league on one-year deal

Aug 13, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

Gilbert Brule AP

Gilbert Brule‘s run in the NHL is taking a sabbatical.

Brule has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss league according to the team’s website (link in German). He had five goals and nine assists in 33 games last season with the Coyotes.

As you may remember, Brule is one of many failed first-round picks by the Columbus Blue Jackets, going sixth overall in the 2005 draft. Brule was chosen ahead of guys like Anze Kopitar, Marc Staal, and T.J. Oshie to name a few. Oops.

Brule could be heading to Switzerland to avoid any potential lockout issues or he’s reading the tea leaves the right way after it took him a while to land a job last season with Phoenix. Either way, he’ll see if he can hone his game in the Alps this season.

  1. nobandwagoners - Aug 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I’m somewhat surprised, or perhaps surprised that Brule hasn’t been able to get traction – and his – in the NHL. I watched him development and rise through the WHL with the Vancouver Giants where he excelled and thought that he’d have a promising NHL career.

    Perhaps his development was rushed too quickly with Columbus? I don’t know. I thought when the Oilers picked him up that he’d have an opportunity to stick and grow with a young team.

    But it just seems disappointing that it hasn’t panned out for him in the NHL. At least thus far.

    Good luck in the Swiss league!

  2. grillmarks - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    No Bono allusion?

    • Joe Yerdon - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      I still haven’t found the joke I was looking for.

      • kwells44 - Aug 13, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        Apparently, the Coyotes can live with or without him.

  3. proudliberal85392 - Aug 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Looks like the NHL creamed Brule.

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