The youngest of the Brodzinski brothers has decided to follow in the footsteps of his one brother rather than his father, uncle, and other brothers. Bryce Brodzinski, 17, had previously committed to St. Cloud State University, where his oldest brother, Los Angeles Kings forward Jonny Brodzinski, played his college hockey, where another brother, Easton Brodzinski, still plays, and where father Mike Brodzinski and uncle Steve Brodzinski played in the 80’s. However, Bryce has changed course, instead committing to the University of Minnesota, where brother Michael Brodzinski, now of the San Jose Sharks, played. Ironically, this is somewhat the inverse of what his father did, who transferred from Minnesota to St. Cloud after one season of his collegiate career.
The youngest Brodzinski is coming off a strong season with Blaine High School in Minnesota, a program that has greatly benefited from the family for almost a decade now. Bryce had a better than per-game pace in both goals and assists this season as he accumulated 53 points in 25 games. The 6’1” right winger led Blaine in scoring by almost 20 points and finished in the top 30 in the league in both points and points per game. He’ll likely improve even more next season whether he returns to Blaine or enlists in the USHL before joining the Gophers for the 2019-20 season.
As for Bryce Brodzinski’s NHL potential, history would indicate that he is likely to be a fifth-round draft pick or so next year when he first becomes eligible. Both Jonny and Michael were fifth round picks of their current NHL organizations and Bryce and Jonny have similar high school statistics and nearly identical sizes and styles. A rookie in 2017-18, Jonny posted six points in 35 games for the Kings and posted strong numbers in the AHL for a second straight season, leading many to believe he will take on a more regular role in L.A. next year. This should provide some expectations for Bryce as a pro, though he may develop an even higher ceiling while playing at a historically superior program at Michigan and, again ironically, under former St. Cloud head coach Bob Motzko.