Flyers Prospect Breakdown: Bryce Brodzinski, RW, University Of Minnesota, NCAA

The Player

Selected by the Flyers in the 7th round #196 overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. Brodzinski accumulated 19 goals and 12 assists in a very tough NCAA League for the Golden Gophers in his Senior season. With that, the Flyers prospect elected to return for his 5th season. A year of eligibility was obtained due to the Covid season in 2020-21, to return to the Gophers in 2023-24.

Brodzinski was born August 9, 2000, in Blaine, MN. Following the draft Brodzinski chose to stay close to home at the University of Minnesota. After completing his first season with the Golden Gophers. Brodzinski amassed seven goals, and five assists for a total of 12 points in 37 games played.

As for Brodzinski’s playing style, he is best known as a playmaker with great vision who his linemates love to play with. But his goal totals at both the high school and junior levels show he can finish as well. With his high school coach attesting that he has a great shot.

Brodzinski the youngest brother of Rangers forward Jonny. In his second year of draft eligibility, Bryce made sure to leave NHL GMs no excuse to pass him over a second time. Across the High School regular season, section playoffs, and state tournament, Brodzinski finished with 37 goals and 97 points as Blaine made it to the state semifinals.

Brodzinski’s performance was good enough to win him the coveted Mr. Hockey award as the best senior player in the state. As well as USA Today’s National High School Player of the Year Award. And if you’re still worried about the level of competition he faced, he also played before and after the high school season with the Omaha Lancers, scoring 17 points in 19 games.

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Projection

Brodzinski, 23, just played his last game of collegiate hockey with the University of Minnesota. The Gophers were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Devin Kaplan and No. 2 Boston University on Saturday night.

In his two tournament games, Brodzinski had two assists against Omaha and a goal and an assist against Kaplan and Boston. The Flyers’ 2019 seventh-round pick finished his five-year NCAA career with 60 goals, 59 assists, and 119 points in 185 games.

Brodzinski is also coming off a career year where he posted a personal-best 22 assists and 36 points. Now, all signs point to the 23-year-old prospect turning pro and joining the Flyers organization. Brodzinski’s father, Mike, is ready for the Flyers to seal the deal. If unsigned on Aug. 15, Brodzinski will become a free agent and Philadelphia will lose his NHL rights.

And, for those who might not be aware. Bryce Brodzinski’s older brother is Jonny Brodzinski, a 30-year-old forward plying his trade for the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Rangers. Jonny has played 313 games at the AHL level and 153 games at the NHL level and has appeared in a career-high 52 NHL games with New York this season.

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Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.

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