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Fantasy Summary

Big-bodied goal scorer, middle-six upside. On an AHL contract, meaning he is an NHL UFA.


Observations

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May 2021 – With the ECHL Growlers shut down for the season, players like Brazeau had to rotate in and out of the AHL Marlies lineup, adding an extra challenge towards achieving consistent production.  The big forward didn’t hit that mark this year, managing a total of 4 goals and 1 assist in 21 contests. Now listed at 241 pounds (!)  he is noticeable on the ice and certainly makes the opposition slow down before engaging behind the net or in the corners. That being said, he doesn’t spend enough time around the crease as he should and despite being a goal-heavy player statistically, his shot volume (just over 1/game) is simply not dangerous. His skating continues to be a work in progress, and if he can become at least refined enough to move more creatively (less predictably for goalies) in the offensive zone there may be power forward potential beneath the rough. Hayden Soboleski

November 2020 – Brazeau has spent the pandemic break in Toronto working with team staff and Leafs teammates to improve his skating and use of his big body. He is a good bet to see some AHL time in 2021 after a promising pro debut in the ECHL last season. Former Leafs prospect Mason Marchment worked his way from being an ECHLer to a bubble NHLer in about 3 years (and is still on the bubble) – this is a reasonable timeline comparable for Brazeau. Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2020 – Despite spending the entire season in the ECHL, Brazeau’s campaign wasn’t a lost one. He proved he could translate his over-age OHL goal-scoring to the pros, leading the Growlers with 27 goals in 55 contests. He belongs to