T.J. Brodie: Defence
Regular Season: 79 GP, 9 G, 25 A, 34 Pts, 24 PIM, +29, 3.3 CFRel%
Playoffs: 5 GP, 2 G, 0 A, 2 Pts, 6 PIM, -1
MarkParkinson14= (C) This was certainly a tale of two seasons for T.J. Brodie. Brodie started like a house of fire and his pairing with Mark Giordano was one of the best in the NHL for a good chunk of the season. But as 2018-19 started to wear on, the old Brodie from last season started to show. His offense dried up and he started to turn the puck over as well. He finished the year with career high +/- with an unthinkable +29, his second best goal total (9), but he had a career high 100 turnovers. Brodie’s 34 points were good for 9th on the Flames, but from February 24th to April 6th he had just three points. This may be the last you’ll see of Brodie in a Flames uniform.
Madeline Campbell = (C-) I know we’re supposed to weigh the different parts of a players’ season evenly, generally speaking, but I feel like Brodie’s end of the regular season and playoff performances are really souring my overall opinion of his year. He was playing very well alongside Giordano (who is objectively very good) but really fell off through the back half of the season, and with the turnover issue that Mark pointed out, he looked like a liability at times. It was rough.
MGMacGillivray = (C+) Brodie is such an odd player to watch over the season. He’ll have stretches where he looks like a Norris-level defenseman, but will immediately flip to a replacement level defenceman. The most frustrating aspect of Brodie’s play is his pension for head scratching decisions. He has that “smooth-skating” that all commentators fawn over, but he struggled to make an impact down the stretch. With him and Travis Hamonic both up for new contracts at the end of next year and the Flames prospects pushing for blue line spots, Calgary would be wise to cash in this offseason as he does possess a number of traits that some teams will overpay for.