Michael Brodzinski

Aaron Vickers

Brodzinski is a fleet-footed offensive defenseman who came a long way in his first year of junior hockey with Muskegon. Skating wise, he has a very fluid stride and uses his skating ability to make plays in all three zones of the ice. He has speed to break the puck out of his own end himself or join the rush to create an offensive opportunity. In the offensive zone, the University of Minnesota commit has a great, hard shot with a quick release. His vision is also impressive, whether he uses it for making a crisp pass or seemingly always making the smart play with the puck on his stick. When watching Brodzinski, it is apparent he is very con dent with the puck and wants to make plays when he gets it. There are times when there are lapses in his game and he tries to force passes or shots. He quarterbacked the Muskegon power play on the top unit and is very effective in the role. His nine power play goals were second amongst all USHL defenseman this season. He plays with some solid physicality, willing to deliver a big hit or drop the gloves. The knock on Brodzinski is his play without the puck in the defensive zone. Some nights his defensive play is better than others, but it must improve for Brodzinski to become a solid pro. His consistency in his own zone and maintaining positioning are the main weaknesses defensively. (May 2013)