One name that is sure to arouse the curiosity of scouts and general managers when the 2013 NHL Draft is staged at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., is Anthony Brodeur of Shattuck St. Mary's Prep in Minnesota.
Brodeur, who just so happens to be the son of New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, is currently a C ranked goalie on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list for high school players in the Gopher State.
Wednesday, Brodeur had one of his top three outings of the season with 27 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic National Under-17 team in the gold-medal game of the World Sport School Challenge tournament at Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.
The victory marked the second straight gold for the Minnesota prep school at the tournament.
Brodeur's effort helped Shattuck remain undefeated all-time at the tournament while handing the Czechs their first loss. Ryan Norman had a goal and an assist, and Brett Boeing and Alex Rodriguez each scored once for Shattuck, which opened a 3-0 advantage in the first period.
If drafted, it would be a rather surreal moment for Brodeur to hear his name announced in the very state where his dad became a legend. The 17-year-old Brodeur is in his senior year.
"He's got a chance to be a good player … he's another kid enjoying the anonymity of our school," Shattuck head coach Tom Ward told NHL.com. "If you didn't know who he was, you'd probably say he reminds you of a mini-Marty … a hybrid-style goalie who will make the kick save. He'll Johnny Bower-you, go down in the 'V' and play like his dad."
For the season, Brodeur has split duty with Luke Kania between the pipes. Brodeur (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) is 11-2-2 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 16 appearances. He has two shutouts for Shattuck (27-3-3).
"He has that one-in-a-million kind of thing and he's a fine goalie. He was offered a chance to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but said 'No thanks,'" Ward said. "He wants to be a college hockey player. He has a good head on his shoulders, is composed and doesn't let the moment get to him."
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