Anthony Brodeur knows there's no guarantee he'll be chosen at the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on June 30.
It would be a surreal moment for Brodeur to hear his name announced in the state where his dad, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, has become a legend. Anthony Brodeur, who turns 18 on June 8, just completed his senior season at Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep in Faribault, Minn., and is eligible for the draft for the first time.
He went 21-5-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and team-leading five shutouts in 28 games this season. He also was credited with four assists.
Anthony Brodeur was asked if he feels there's any similarity between him and his 41-year-old father, who was chossen in the first round (No. 20) of the 1990 draft by the Devils.
"I think we have the same style," Brodeur told NHL.com. "I look a lot like him when I am in net, but I might play a little more butterfly than he does. I think the most common thing for me is how we're both pretty composed in net. I've worked on that a lot lately and it has helped my game a ton.
"I am starting to work on playing the puck more and more and hope to one day be as good as he is with that."
Brodeur (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) split time with Luke Kania at Shattuck (46-8-3). The team dropped a 5-1 decision to the eventual Tier 1 Under-18 national champion Neponset Valley River Rats of Massachusetts on April 6 in the semifinal round.
"A few injuries kept us short of winning the national championship, but we worked hard all year and we definitely deserved it," Brodeur said. "But things don't always work out. I can't say enough about my time at Shattuck … all four years were amazing and my growth as a hockey player was incredible."
Brodeur said he is unsure where he'll be playing next season. He's considering a few options, including college, and likely will make a decision in the coming weeks.
"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,'" Shattuck coach Tom Ward told NHL.com. "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."
Devils director of amateur scouting David Conte was asked for his impressions of the young Brodeur during the recently completed NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto. Brodeur wasn't invited to the Combine because he wasn't ranked among the top seven North American draft-eligible goalies by NHL Central Scouting.
"I have seen him play," Conte told NHL.com. "I watched him play half of a game at a tournament and I feel he's college-bound. He's a legitimate prospect, and while there are some similarities [with his father], I don't think anyone wants to compare anybody to Martin Brodeur. So he's in a pool with a lot of promising young goalies that are at the college level and will develop even more."
Brodeur said he will attend the draft with his family.
"I will be there with family and a group of friends from Shattuck," he said. "I'm extremely excited. It will be fun, and it's even better because it's at home with my family. I'll have my friends here as well, so if something does happen, that moment would be even more special."