Forward Bryce Brodzinski appeared in 19 games for the Omaha Lancers this season and finds himself ranked #89 among North American Skaters heading into the NHL Draft according to NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.
While Brodzinski didn’t play an entire USHL season, the Blaine, Min. native made the most of his time as he recorded at least one point in more games (10) than he was held without a point (9). Of the 10 games with at least one point, four came in multi-point performances. Brodzinski’s breakout night came in a 5-4 overtime win over the Lincoln Stars on November 2 as the forward registered an assist on four of the Lancers’ five goals (0-4-4), including a pair on the powerplay. The forward then went on to record a pair of goals on March 24 vs. Sioux Falls (2-0-2) and March 30 at Green Bay (2-1-3).
The University of Minnesota commit finished the season 12th among Lancers skaters with 17 points despite playing in only 19 games.
Brodzinksi had a phenomenal high school season as he recorded 76 points (32-44-76) in 23 games as captain of Blaine High and culminated in being named the 35th annual Mr. Hockey Award. The award is given to the outstanding senior boys’ high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota. Of the 34 prior recipients, 28 have been selected in the NHL Draft, 18 have NHL experience and 16 played in the USHL. In three seasons at Blaine High, Brodzinski amassed 169 points (76-93-169) in 73 games.
Brodzinski is one of two players with Omaha ties on the final NHL Central Scouting rankings alongside fellow forward Rhett Pitlick, who was ranked #98 among North American Skaters.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
“Bryce is an elite playmaker and will play hockey for a long time.”
– David Wilkie, Omaha Lancers General Manager and Head Coach
BY THE NUMBERS:
62 – Omaha Lancers taken all-time in the NHL Draft
29 – Amount of NHL teams that have drafted Lancers
11 – Highest total pick an Omaha player has been selected at (2002, Keith Ballard)
7 – Most Lancers taken in one Draft (2014)
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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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