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Dream comes true as Devils draft Anthony Brodeur

by Mike G. Morreale /

NEWARK, N.J. -- Anthony Brodeur said he didn't have high expectations entering the 2013 NHL Draft.

He was just holding out hope to hear his name called at some point during the seven-round selection process on Sunday at Prudential Center, within the state where his father, New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, has become a legend.

As it turned out, dad would be the one serving up a dream come true when he announced his son as the Devils' seventh-round pick (No. 208). Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello informed Martin of the team's decision to draft Anthony at some point during the sixth round and requested that he make the pick.

The Devils acquired the pick from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2015 seventh-round choice.

"I don't know how hard it is to get a seventh-round pick, but it's something we talked a little bit about during the season," Martin Brodeur said. "We were able to do it and it was nice of the team to allow me to make the pick."

The 18-year-old Brodeur just completed his senior year at Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep in Minnesota. He finished 21-5-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and team-leading five shutouts in 28 appearances. He also was credited with four assists.

"This is so surreal," Anthony told reporters while sitting beside his father. "There's no other way to explain it. I've grown up watching the Devils, cheering on the Devils, cheering on my dad. So being in this jersey right now, in this arena, is awesome."

For the season, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Brodeur split time with Luke Kania between the pipes 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 tournament semifinal round.

Anthony will play for the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League next season.

"First of all, we're excited for him to go to Gatineau next year and play major junior in the Quebec league," Brodeur said. "I played in that league and he'll get a lot of rubber and lot of experience playing the game. He'll learn how to be a professional, and at a young age, I think he's going to be playing a lot of hockey. He'll be with a great goalie coach [Michel Vallière] who will help him out."

Brodeur said he's not trying to be a replica of his dad between the pipes. That, according to the young goalie, is impossible.

"I hope he's not like me … there aren't many people like me," the elder Brodeur said. "But he's got a little bit of me, but more of a modern goalie type style. He's exciting to watch."

Where does Anthony feel he needs to improve?

"I think I have to work on my game as a whole to get to that next level," he said. "I think working on my mental game is a big part of it, and I think just playing the puck and getting bigger."

Martin Brodeur, who owns NHL career goalie records for wins (669), games played (1,220) and shutouts (121), was drafted in the first round (No. 20) by the Devils in 1990. He feels Anthony has been preparing his whole life for this next step.

"He's traveled with me and has experience from watching games at the Olympics, All-Star games, World Cups … you name it," Brodeur said. "Hopefully, he'll take that experience and learn from it at Gatineau."


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