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Damn That Kyle Brodziak - Why Didn't He Play Like That In Edmonton?

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And you may tell yourself

Letting the days go by / let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by / water flowing underground
Into the blue again / in the silent water
Under the rocks and stones / there is water underground.

Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...

--Talking Heads, "Once In A Lifetime"

As is their custom, another ex-Oiler wrecked the Oilers last night.  Kyle Brodziak scored a goal and executed a brilliant screen of Nikolai Khabibulin on the power play which resulted in a goal.  Immediately, the cry went up "Why couldn't he play like that when he was in Edmonton?" 

Listed in the table below is Brodziak's points per sixty minutes of even strength time on ice.  In 2007-08 and 2008-09 he was in Edmonton, the following two years were spent in Minnesota.

Pts / 60
2007-08 2.09
2008-09 1.62
2009-10 1.6
2010-11 1.65


As a courtesy to those who see tables full of numbers and immediately zone out, I've placed those numbers below in an easy-to-read graph.

*Click to enlarge the graph


After the amazing run on the fourth line with Curtis Glencross and Zack Stortini, a run in which the entire line made every single point and avoided sevening out, Brodziak's scoring rates have remained constant. 

Why, then, does it look like he's producing more offense in Minnesota?  Obviously, it's time on ice.

2007-08 10.04
2008-09 9.82
2009-10 12.33
2010-11 12.15


Brodziak is playing two-and-a-half minutes more at even strength in Minnesota compared to his Edmonton days.  Due to injuries to the Wild's forward corps this season, Brodziak is also getting his first-ever taste of a regular power play shift.


2007-08 0.28
2008-09 0.11
2009-10 0.27
2010-11 1.05


A look at Brodziak's player card at shows that he's playing the same role - difficult zonestarts and lots of faceoffs to cover for those taking the offensive zone faceoffs.

Kyle Brodziak was the same effective player in Edmonton that he is in Minnesota.  The trade that sent him out still remains one of the most non-sensical things Steve Tambellini has done in his reign in Edmonton.