Justin Brazeau

Aaron Vickers

Brazeau is a prospect with plenty of tools to refine and could be a diamond in the rough with proper development. He anticipates and reacts well, position himself in excellent position away from the puck. He just always seems to be in the places that sets him apart as the best option available. Brazeau puts himself in the spots to be successful to receive turnovers right on his tape. He uses his long reach and smarts to be on the right side of turnovers and/or strip his man of the puck. If he doesn’t see an ideal passing option off the rush, he drives the net with the puck or drive there without it in an attempt to set up in front. Brazeau reads the play very well on the breakout to streak into passing lanes to be an option, providing the puck carrier with a strong outlet. He thinks the game at a high level and is really just starting to hit his stride in development. He has some room to grow skating wise but generates power through crossovers as he attempts to get to where he needs to be. His effort level has improved as the season wore on and he looked more comfortable. Brazeau displays no quit in an effort to get possession of the puck. He is quick on the forecheck to pressure the puck carrier and put his stick in a good position to attempt to limit the passing lane. He displays strong awareness on the backcheck to pick up his man or adapt to play and cover missed assignment. Brazeau reads the play and holds back to cover for his defenseman who jump into the rush. He’s a raw, hardworking project we believe could be a good player down the road, especially as he continues to be developed under legendary coach Stan Butler.   (May 2016)