Friday, July 29, 2011

Scouting Report: David Broll

*In this season's draft the Leafs selected 6-foot-1, 225-pound David Broll (aka Brolldozer) 152nd overall. An impressive prospect camp earlier this month only reinforced their belief that the Mississauga native could eventually help at the NHL level, and they just signed him to a three-year entry-level contract.

Broll was highly regarded coming out of midget hockey and it was anticipated that with his size and good hands he could be a big-time scoring power forward. A hard-working, two-way player, he has been a physical presence in his two years in the OHL but has not yet put up big scoring numbers and is a bit lacking mobility-wise. He uses his size to advantage and can handle the puck in small spaces but his limited skating ability and lack of consistency have limited his production to this point. In 2010-11 Broll scored 8 goals with 14 assists in 41 games before a mid-season trade to Sault Ste. Marie. Broll scored 5 goals with 7 assists with the Greyhounds. Broll slipped from 78th in the midterm rankings to 139th in Central Scouting’s final rankings of North American skaters.

Broll will return to the Soo Greyhounds for his third season in the OHL after Leafs’ camp this fall. Broll is a leadership-type player and seemed to benefit from an increased role with the Greyhounds. He has slipped some in the eyes of scouts since his midget days but the Leafs are hoping that he will become the prototypical power forward his skills and size suggest he can be. At this point it looks like his pro role, at least initially, will be that of an energy line, forechecking forward and potential enforcer.

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