Joel Broda / Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
C-L / 6-0, 196 / 24-Nov-1989
Skating: 40 / Skill: 65 / Sense: 60 / Compete: 45 / Tough: 60
Strengths: Very underrated skill. Plays with some grit. Willing to drop the gloves.
Weaknesses: Questionable skating. Inconsistent effort, lacks heart at times.
Good playmaking and scoring skill. Has an excellent shot and quick release. Good hockey sense in the offensive zone. Skating mystifies me - sometimes it looks fine, other times it looks like a serious problem. Sometimes shows some shiftyness and speed, but why doesn't he use it more often? Plays on cruise control too often. Tough, will fight and sticks up for his teammates.
Summary: Personal favorite of mine. NHL guys never talk about him, which probably suggests a lot of interest in grabbing this guy on draft day.
Target/Want: Would like to steal him with a third round pick, but I suspect a lot of NHL teams are thinking the same thing. Could end up being a 2nd rounder.