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It's Time To Back Up The Brink's Truck

May 25th, 2019

Every year there seems to be someone who doesn’t garner as much attention as they deserve. With many draft classes over the last few years being quite top heavy, it should be no surprise that a handful of players’ slip in the draft. Last season, we saw Joe Veleno fall all the way to the 30th pick, even though he was granted “exceptional status” as a 15-year-old to play in the QMJHL all while putting up over 100 points this year. The year before that, Ryan Poehling, who had been selected 1st overall in the 2015 USHL draft managed to fall all the way to 25th overall. This year, the player who I think could get picked further than where they should be taken is Sioux City Musketeers winger/center Bobby Brink. 


There are quite a few things that make Bobby such an intriguing prospect, so without further ado, let’s take a look at what he brings to the table. 


The kid was recently named the USHL’s Player of the Year after putting up lighting up the league in his first full season. He played a lot with Flames prospect, Martin Pospisil, and definitely caught a lot of scouts’ attention with his combination of skill and hockey IQ. When the season finished, he had 68 points in 43 games. This earned him a call from the U-19 U.S. National Team, and even while playing on a team with more well-known prospects, he managed to to finish the tournament with 6 points in 5 games. 


One reason why he was able to have such a successful season in the USHL is due to his offensive abilities. Make no mistake, the kid is definitely good at scoring goals. The shot that he has was the first thing I noticed and it’s arguably one of his best weapons. He gets his shot off quick and can snipe it above a goalie or tuck it above them with a backhand shot. His knack for scoring goals follows him everywhere in the offensive zone. He can thread his way to find open ice and slam a one-timer towards the net, or use his nice hand-eye coordination to tip pucks and bang in rebounds. A reason why he is able to do all of this is due to the hands he has. He is able to stickhandle his way through multiple defenders before scoring a goal or finding an open teammate. 


A big reason why he is so good at finding open players is because he has such a high hockey IQ. This hockey IQ allows him to succeed in the defensive end as well. While he may not be the biggest player on the ice, he shows no issues while battling for the puck when the other team is attacking. After a turnover has been committed he can use his quick acceleration to get the puck into the opposing teams ice. 


The biggest knock on him would be his size. On top of not being the biggest man on the ice, he isn’t the fastest person out there. This is something that could change over time if he is able to put some more muscle seeing as he only weighs 165lbs while standing 5’10”. Don’t get me wrong, he’s definitely a good skater, but he’s not as top-end fast as player’s such as Hughes and Turcotte. One thing you like to see is his how quickly he can get moving. He gets going quite quickly and is able to turn towards the other direction with the snap of a finger. That’s another thing that allows him to create so many plays. With exceptional stickhandling skills, and a nice shot he can move around defenders effortlessly. 


Bobby has committed to playing for The University of Denver next year, with another Flames prospect, Mathias Emilio Pettersen. We could also see him playing in the WHL next year, as the Portland Winterhawks own his rights. After he is picked, I’d imagine he will spend a lot of time bulking up during the offseason in preparation towards playing against better competition.  


So I think you can see where I’ve been going with this all along. Brink is someone I would love to see the Flames pick at 25 assuming he’s still there. Give him a couple years and he could be lethal playing alongside Monahan and Gaudreau. 


-AV

"A big reason why he is so good at finding open players is because he has such a high hockey IQ"

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