Left Wing, Fargo Pressure(USHL)
6’0” 178 lbs.
Last NHL Central Scouting Rank: twenty eighth amongst North American Skaters
Tristan Broz is a participant that has moderately quietly inched his approach up the draft rankings all through this previous season. He moved from a projected mid-round choose to start out the yr to being ranked contained in the top-30 by NHL Central Scouting of their remaining rankings, regardless of comparatively little fanfare alongside the way in which.
In a approach, that matches with Broz’ type of play. He is probably not probably the most thrilling participant within the draft. However he’s a very stable all-around participant with the talent to offer some offensive punch, and will find yourself as a very nice choose for the group that selects him.
What I Like
Usually when a scouting report talks a few participant with nice palms, it’s inside the context of the participant making some form of loopy stickhandling transfer. There’s a little little bit of that in Broz’ recreation. However extra essential is his capacity to win puck battles along with his fast palms. His capacity to tug pucks out of scrums, break up performs defensively with a robust stick, and win 50/50 battles for the puck is excellent.
I additionally love his capacity to deal with powerful passes. There’s an previous scouting adage that what separates an NHL participant from a minor leaguer is how effectively they will deal with a puck handed into their skates, and Broz checks that field. If the puck comes close to him, it’s virtually a assure it’s going to depart along with his group having possession.
I watched a number of Fargo of their Clark Cup championship collection towards the insanely proficient Chicago Metal and Broz did a wonderful job enjoying protected, disciplined defensive hockey, which slowed down the Metal assault in addition to anybody was capable of this yr.
I additionally cherished his effort on the backcheck. He’s a legit two-way ahead that may make performs on each ends of the ice. Although this play didn’t fairly work out, he covers some severe distance to become involved within the play.
-Assaults the center of the ice
Broz is admittedly artful at altering speeds and manipulating gaps off the push to get into the center of the ice. That breaks down defenses and opens up scoring possibilities for teammates.
On this play, he will get to the middle of the ice and exhibits good imaginative and prescient to discover a streaking teammate for a top quality probability.
And one other rush the place he finds his strategy to the middle of the ice to create an open shot for a teammate.
On this play, he lowers his shoulder and drives arduous to the web to create a scoring probability for himself.
What I Don’t Like
Whereas Broz is excellent when he will get some area to work with on the offensive rush, he doesn’t actually have the foot pace and acceleration to create performs in tight areas. He’s simplest when he can win pucks within the defensive zone, or arrange on the perimeter within the offensive zone after which feed pucks to a speedier teammate. He was paired a lot of the yr with Buffalo Sabres choose Aaron Huglen, a terrific skater that may push the play, they usually developed a pleasant chemistry. He’s a terrific complementary participant, however doesn’t actually drive play.
I’d count on that to enhance a bit of bit as he matures bodily and provides some extra power, however it’s nonetheless more likely to be his palms that carry him to the following degree moderately than his toes.
Broz is among the extra distinctive gamers when it comes to type of play, and I believe that is likely to be polarizing for NHL groups. Some groups will see the nice stick and good two-way play and see that translating to the following degree. Different groups are more likely to be scared off by a man that isn’t actually driving the play on the junior degree.
Central Scouting locations him twenty eighth amongst NA skaters, which most likely interprets to early second spherical when you consider Europeans. That’s actually a risk if a group actually likes him, however I’d are inclined to lean extra in the direction of late-second/early-third as extra possible, simply because I don’t assume his ceiling is as excessive as among the different prospects more likely to be accessible earlier within the second spherical.
Broz isn’t more likely to develop right into a flashy offensive star, however he’ll be a dependable winger. He’ll be a second or third line kind of participant that takes care of his personal finish of the ice, and will help facilitate an offensive assault.
Broz is dedicated to play school hockey on the College of Minnesota. He might be a part of the Gophers subsequent season, or play one other yr of USHL hockey in Fargo. He’s most likely achieved all he’s going to within the USHL, although Minnesota ought to have a really deep group of forwards subsequent yr, which can restrict his ice time a bit. Regardless, it’s most likely a minimal of two to a few years earlier than the group that drafts him thinks about signing him. He’ll want the time to develop a bit of extra bodily, and to earn an even bigger function on the school degree.