Brodziak is living proof that it's better late than never. He was passed over in the 2002 NHL Draft, and the 2003 draft was nearly complete when the Edmonton Oilers selected him in the seventh round (No. 214).
At the time Brodziak was in the Western Hockey League with Moose Jaw, with whom he spent five seasons after they selected him at No. 14 in the 1999 WHL Bantam Draft. He made his WHL debut at 15, playing two late-season games in 1999-2000.