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Friday, June 07, 2013

TJ Brodie - Where He Ranks in His Age Group

One of the best Calgary Flames players over the final month of the 2012-13 regular season was TJ Brodie. For a guy who was a healthy scratch for the season opener, he certainly made the most of his return to the line-up in game two, never relinquishing his spot the remainder of the year, and looking more and more confident and assertive each month.

Over the final 10 games, the 6-foot-1 defenceman tied for second on the club in scoring behind Sven Baertschi and for April, he averaged a whopping 23:25 in ice time.  The exclamation mark on a breakout season was when Brodie was invited to play for Team Canada at the World Championships.

Now, the question facing Calgary General Manager Jay Feaster is what is Brodie worth?

Last year was the final year of his three-year entry level contract and Brodie is now a pending restricted free agent. What is he seeking for money and term?  What will the club be offering?  As impressive as Brodie looked last year, it was still a small sample size of just over half of a normal NHL season.

One comparable in many ways for Brodie is Nashville defenceman Roman Josi. When the Predators signed him to a 7 year/$28-million deal on June 10, I compared the two and their eerie similarities.

Note: This article will continue to be updated as RFAs on the list below agree to contracts. It was last updated August 1, with details from the long awaited contract signed by TJ Brodie added in.
Brodie and his 23-year-old (or soon to be) Peers

Below is a list of NHL defencemen from the same birth year as Brodie -- 1990. The list consists of the top 20 players in this group based on career NHL games played and has been sorted that way.  Also included is each players's contract status (per CapGeek.com) to give you a sense of what that age of defencemen are making, or are about to make. Although, there are many other pending RFAs on this list also.

One thing that's interesting is that while Brodie ranks 11th on the list, he is the lowest draft pick of all 20.  There are 11 first rounders (including the first nine on the list), 6 second rounders, 1 third rounder and 2 fourth rounders including Brodie, who was chosen by former GM Darryl Sutter and the Flames with pick No. 114 in the 2008 draft.

Could a 4th round pick get 1st round pick money this early in his career? Or, is the draft a moot point at this stage and it's all based on past performance and future potential?  

Safe to say there are more questions than answers at this point and it's yet another intriguing storyline in what promises to be an eventful June, July and August for the Flames.

Top 20 Defencemen - Birth Year of 1990
(sorted by regular season NHL games played, as of end of 2012-13 regular season)

1. Zach Bogosian, WPG, 2008 Round 1 (#3)
  • Stats: 297 gm, 34 g, 69 a, 103 pts
  • Last Year: $3-million (2nd year of 2-year $5-million contract)
  • 2013-14: $4-million (1st year of 7-year $36-million contract)

2. Victor Hedman, TB, 2009 Round 1 (#2)
  • Stats: 258 gm, 16 g, 73 a, 89 pts
  • Last Year: $3-million (1st year of 5-year $20-million contract)
  • 2013-14: $3-million

3. Tyler Myers, BUF, 2008 Round 1 (#12)
  • Stats: 256 gm, 32 g, 84 a, 116 pts
  • Last Year: $12-million including $10-million signing bonus (1st year of 7-year $38.5-million contract)
  • 2013-14: $6-million

4. Michael Del Zotto, NYR, 2008 Round 1 (#20)
  • Stats: 250 gm, 24 g, 86 a, 110 pts
  • Last Year: $2.2-million (1st year of 2-year $5.1-million contract)
  • 2013-14: $2.9-million

5. Luca Sbisa, ANA, 2008 Round 1 (#19)
  • Stats: 236 gm, 8 g, 42 a, 50 pts
  • Last Year: $2-million (2nd year of 4-year $8.7-million contract)
  • 2013-14: $2.6-million

6. John Carlson, WSH, 2008 Round 1 (#27)
  • Stats: 234 gm, 23 g, 74 a, 97 pts
  • Last Year: $3.8-million (1st year of 6-year $23.8-million contract)
  • 2013-14: $4-million

7. Erik Karlsson, OTT, 2008 Round 1 (#15)
  • Stats: 233 gm, 43 g, 120 a, 163 pts
  • Last Year: $5-million (1st year of 7-year $45.5-million contract)
  • 2013-14: $5.5-million

8. Dmitry Kulikov, FLA, 2009 Round 1 (#14)
  • Stats: 232 gm, 16 g. 64 a. 80 pts
  • Last Year: $2-million (1st year of 2-year $5-million contract)
  • 2013-14: $3-million

9. Alex Pietrangelo, STL, 2008 Round 1 (#4)
  • Stats: 224 gm, 29 g, 92 a, 121 pts
  • Last Year: $875,000 (3rd year of 3-year $2.625-million entry level contact)
  • 2013-14: RFA

10. Travis Hamonic, NYI, 2008 Round 2 (#52)
  • Stats: 183 gm, 10 g, 50 a, 60 pts
  • Last Year: $875,000 (3rd year of 3-year $2.625-million entry level contact)
  • 2013-14: $3.8-million (1st year of 7-year $27-million contract)

11. TJ Brodie, CGY, 2008 Round 4 (#114)
  • Stats: 104 gm, 4 g, 24 a, 28 pts
  • Last Year: $525,000 (3rd year of 3-year $1.775-million entry level contact)
  • 2013-14: $1.75-million (1st year of 2-year $4.25-million contract)

12. Slava Voynov, LA, 2008 Round 2 (#32)
  • Stats: 102 gm, 14 g, 31 a, 45 pts
  • Last Year: $787,500 (3rd year of 3-year $2.462-million entry level contract)
  • 2013-14: $2.75-million (1st year of 6-year $25-million contract)

13. Roman Josi, NSH, 2008 Round 2 (#38)
  • Stats: 100 gm, 10 g, 24 a, 34 pts
  • Last Year: $875,000 (3rd year of 3-year $2.625-million entry level contact)
  • 2013-14: $2.5-million (1st year of 7-year $28-million contract)

14. John Moore, NYR, 2009 Round 1 (#21)
  • Stats: 99 gm, 3 g, 11 a, 14 pts
  • Last Year: $810,000 (2nd year of 3-year $2.7-million entry level contract)
  • 2013-14: $810,000

15. Marco Scandella, MIN, 2008 Round 2 (#55)
  • Stats: 89 gm, 4 g, 11 a, 15 pts
  • Last Year: $610,000 (3rd year of 3-year $2.017-million entry level contract)
  • 2013-14: $900,000 (1st year of 2-year $2.05-million contract)

16. Jake Gardiner, TOR, 2008 Round 1 (#17)
  • Stats: 87 gm, 7 g, 27 a, 34 pts
  • Last Year: $875,000 (2nd year of 3-year $2.625-million entry level contract)
  • 2013-14: $875,000

17. Michael Stone, PHX, 2008 Round 3 (#69)
  • Stats: 53 gm, 6 g, 6 a, 12 pts
  • Last Year: $575,000 (3rd year of 3-year $1.862-million entry level contract)
  • 2013-14: $800,000 (1st year of 3-year $3.45-million contract)

18. Patrick Wiercioch, OTT, 2008 Round 2 (#42)
  • Stats: 50 gm, 5 g, 16 a, 21 pts
  • Last Year: $875,000 (3rd year of 3-year $2.625-million entry level contact)
  • 2013-14: $1.1-million (1st year of 3-year $6-million contract)

19. Justin Schultz, EDM, 2008 Round 2 (#43)
  • Stats: 48 gm, 8 g, 19 a, 27 pts
  • Last Year: $925,000 (1st year of 2-year $1.85-million entry level contract)
  • 2013-14: $925,000

20. David Savard, CLB, 2009 Round 4 (#94)
  • Stats: 35 gm, 2 g, 8 a, 10 pts
  • Last Year: $765,500 (3rd year of 3-year $2.222-million entry level contract)
  • 2013-14: $709,000 (1-year, 2-way contract, pays $67,500 in AHL)

1 comment:

  1. So ya TJ was always playing sheltered minutes up until the last month of the season. Not his fault that calgary had too many defence man signed to one way deals. Heck he beat out Babchuk who was getting 2.5mil to get dressed up in a suit everynight. He is at least worth that much. Don't blame his for his coaches shortcoming of not giving him more ice time when he clearly earned.

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