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Brule gets tryout with Coyotes

Jul 24, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

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We wrote last week about Gilbert Brule and the former sixth overall draft pick’s hopes of getting another shot in the NHL.

Well, good news — he got one.

According to Oilers radio analyst Bob Stauffer, Brule will attend Coyotes training camp, presumably on a tryout basis.

Brule, 26, played 33 regular-season games for the Coyotes in 2011-12, scoring five goals with nine assists; however, Phoenix did not tender him a qualifying offer after the season, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Brule then signed with Zurich last summer, but was released after just 14 games with the Swiss club.

Obviously, the Coyotes saw something they liked when he was with them. He also appeared in 12 playoff games that season, scoring a pair of goals as Phoenix made it all the way to the conference finals.

“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 told The Province recently. “But they forget I have some skill, which is why I was drafted where I was.”

  1. thailer35 - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Hopefully he gets his act together and starts producing like a sixth overall pick is supposed to. We could use the scoring forward he was supposed to be.

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