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Brule hoping for NHL tryout

Jul 17, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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Certainly worth a minute of your time is this piece on Gilbert Brule by The Province’s Tony Gallagher.

Brule, as you probably know, was drafted sixth overall by Columbus in 2005 after a standout junior career with the Vancouver Giants. However, his pro career has been a major disappointment, with just 95 points in 296 games for the Blue Jackets, Oilers and Coyotes.

Now 26, Brule’s not giving up on his NHL dream and is looking to put his troubles, largely related to his father, behind him.

“At one point, my father and I were very close, as father and son should be,” he said. “But now, basically, we don’t have a relationship. Now we just email on occasion.”

Brule accuses his father of taking money from him and even “making suggestions there were some pictures on my computer that could be shown” — allegations his father denies.

There’s more in the story, but we’ll let you read it for yourself.

For now, he’s hoping for an NHL tryout.

“A lot of teams now think of me as a guy who is going to run around and hit guys, and I know often in that third-line role you need a guy who’s going to provide energy,” he said. “But they forget I have some skill, which is why I was drafted where I was.”

Related: Gilbert Brule cut by Swiss team

  1. jacketsfan7 - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I wouldn’t mind giving him a second shot at the jackets , he’s a depth player , hopefully the jackets sign him , I think he can be a decent 3rd or 4th line center man

  2. blitzinc43 - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Leafs to replace Komarov. I’d like that but it all depends on their plans with those Marlie boys

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I wouldn’t mind him going to the leafs either , or if Ryan Hamilton gets a call-up

    • rockyspond - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Check your rosters. Hamilton followed Eakins to the Oilers…signed a 2-year contract this summer.

  4. spochiefsfan - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I remember seeing him play as a Giant. Really hope he can get his game back.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Okay I’m sorry , I didn’t realize his contract expired , I had a weird feeling maybe Hamilton didnt play for the marries anymore so it looks like I was right lol , but I do think Brule could replace him

  6. kaptaanamerica - Jul 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    The guy had a lot of potential, which is why a bird in hand is better than two in the bush. Lots of first rounders don’t pan out especially if they are mishandled. Look at the coyotes under Gretzky and the young players who weren’t developed to their potential there.

  7. joey4id - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    He’s the type of player that should be given a shot. Start with a two way contract worth 500k for one year.

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