Calgary Flames defenseman T.J Brodie ranks second among NHL defenseman with 12 points through 13 games, and teammate Mar Giordano believes the 24-year-old belongs in the ranks of the league’s best at his position.
“I think he’s taking off this year,” the Flames captain told the team’s website. “Last year was the breakout year for him as well but this year, he’s even that much more confident. Right now, I don’t know how you can say there’s too many guys in the league that are better than he’s playing right now. He’s been that good for us this year.”
Brodie impressively put in 31 points and 104 shots on goal in 81 games last season. After Sunday’s three-assist effort in a win over the Montreal Canadiens, he sits on four goals and eight assists, only two of those points have come on the man advantage.
Brodie is unlikely to average a point per game over the course of a full season, head coach Bob Hartley envisions a stead and impressive rise.
“His progression is phenomena.” Hartley said, “T.J. is such a gifted skater and he understands the game well. He has so many good details: his positioning, the way that he angels a player, his stick.
“I rarely saw a young defenceman progress at such a quick pace.”
The Flames have surprised early on with a record of 7-4-2, and there’s no doubt that Brodie has been a part of that success.