While the list of top prospects entering the 2012-13 campaign seems to be growing by the minute, there's one name that may stick out among all others when the 2013 NHL Draft is held at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., next spring.
Goalie Anthony Brodeur, who just so happens to be the son of New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, certainly will be on the radar of curious NHL scouts and general managers.
If drafted, it would be a rather surreal moment for Brodeur to hear his name announced in the state where his father became a legend. The 17-year-old enters his senior year at prep powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota in 2012-13.
"He's got a chance to be a good player … he's another kid enjoying the anonymity of our school," Shattuck 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.
"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.' 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."
Brodeur will begin the season as a "C List" player on NHL Central Scouting's Futures List, an indicator he could be chosen in the fourth, fifth or sixth round of the 2013 draft. There's also a good chance his ranking will improve as the 2012-13 campaign progresses.
"If he wants to be considered among the elite, he's got to go out and get hit by some pucks," Ward said. "Our guys get scrutinized, but he's got to go out there and stop more than the other guys. He's in it for the long run as a goalie. He enjoys being a kid and enjoys being Marty's boy. He's proud as hell that Marty is his dad, but he doesn't wear it as a medal on his chest, either. He works hard."
Brodeur went 24-3-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and four shutouts with Shattuck in 2011-12.
According to Ward, Brodeur (5-foot-11, 177 pounds) will be visiting several colleges this summer and commit sometime during the season.
"I saw Brodeur play last year and I liked the way he played," Central Scouting's Al Jensen told NHL.com. "He's more of a 'C List' watch to start this year. He has more of a hybrid style, has some of Marty's instincts. He reads plays well and reacts well, shows good quickness and athleticism. He's got a good glove and competes very well. He will obviously get a lot of attention this year, but will be a good watch."
Ward was asked if he feels Brodeur is under any added stress as the son of a future Hall of Famer and playing the same position.
"Brodeur's sons have grown up watching him on TV, so they don't know any different," Ward said. "He's just 'Dad' to them, and that's good. There's no extra pressure. Only when Marty is in the stands watching does Anthony feel as though he has to be Jacques Plante. That's the only hitch in his armor, but he'll get over that."
Shattuck had four players drafted last month who played a part on the 2011-12 team that won its second straight USA Hockey Under-18 National title -- Theodore Blueger (No. 52, Pittsburgh), John Draeger (No. 68, Minnesota), Zach Stepan (No. 112, Nashville) and Hunter Fejes (No. 178, Phoenix).
In addition to Brodeur, right wing Max Becker is the only other Shattuck player listed on Central Scouting's Futures List. Becker (5-foot-10, 175 pounds), a "C List" player, had 34 goals and 70 points in 57 games in 2011-12.
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