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[Report] Gilbert Brule Has Reportedly Signed With ZSC Lions


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Gilbert Brule‘s run in the NHL is taking a sabbatical.

Brule has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss league according to the team’s website (link in German). He had five goals and nine assists in 33 games last season with the Coyotes.

As you may remember, Brule is one of many failed first-round picks by the Columbus Blue Jackets, going sixth overall in the 2005 draft. Brule was chosen ahead of guys like Anze Kopitar, Marc Staal, and T.J. Oshie to name a few. Oops.

Brule could be heading to Switzerland to avoid any potential lockout issues or he’s reading the tea leaves the right way after it took him a while to land a job last season with Phoenix. Either way, he’ll see if he can hone his game in the Alps this season.

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Lol. Columbus rushed him into the NHL thinking he'd be the next superstar at 18. Columbus' development system is ******* terrible. If they had a good system and developed Brassard, Brule, Klesla etc, properly, they would be in good shape. But they're not, and all fingers point towards the developing system.

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Lol. Columbus rushed him into the NHL thinking he'd be the next superstar at 18. Columbus' development system is ******* terrible. If they had a good system and developed Brassard, Brule, Klesla etc, properly, they would be in good shape. But they're not, and all fingers point towards the developing system.

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Development in hockey is over-rated...good players go straight from juniors to the NHL...have a look at last year's top 20 scorers and see how many of them spent more than 1 year in the minors. It pretty much speaks to that the junior system is good enough to develop NHL ready players. The longer you spend not in the NHL, the chances of you developing into a top NHL player are slim. As I said in another post, if you are going into your 3rd training camp still trying to crack the NHL lineup, you likely aren't going to amount to much.

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