Monday, August 27, 2007

9-1-1...DU Adds A Last Minute D-man
Joey Brehm From Minnesota Will Anchor Blueline

The Denver Post article about the incoming recruiting class contained a last minute surprise for Pioneer hockey fans. Joey Brehm who played for Edina High School last season will come to DU this year instead of playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL.

Brehm played for four years at Edina H.S. As captain of the team last season he led
the Hornets’ to the Class 2A state tournament with a record of 27-3-1.

McKeen's Hockey Propects Website
had the following review of Brehm:

Joey Brehm (2007), D, Edina HS
Adequate size at 6-1 185, Brehm is a very solid two-way defenseman. Uses his frame to play the body fairly well, pins his man against the boards, battles hard in front where he ties up his man well, still could add bulk to generate more power behind his checks. Swift skater, who pivots well, skated backwards with some of the faster forwards off the rush maintaining a healthy gap before taking his man out, once even laying out a nice hip check. Could improve his first step quickness but his top end speed is impressive as he can rush the puck up the ice on his own, also has good lateral quickness as he can execute quick lateral cuts to avoid the opposition when handling the puck. Possesses soft hands for a defenseman, has some one on one trickery, and can stickhandle himself out situations in his own zone.

Decisive decision maker, on the penalty kill won a lot of battles down low then wasted no time icing the puck off the boards crisply not allowing the opposition to hold the zone. Uses his frame to really suffocate the opposition in tight, neutralized his man one on one for the most part. Brehm has plenty of skill and quarterbacked the power play. Has a cannon of a slap shot, which he likes to use even at the red line, very good one timer that is accurate. Creative in utilizing his shot, shoots for teammates sticks looking for tips or uses his shot as a pass to an open teammate at the side of the net. Above average passer, delivers the puck right through the middle of the slot past penalty killers on the power play. Looks the opposition off, delivers a crisp outlet pass, can stretch the ice with a long pass to catch the opposition a line change, has a fine saucer pass. Will kill the puck on the boards if he is danger instead of making an errant pass.

8 comments:

CO14ers said...

Very promising commentary about him. We'll have to see how much it translates into WCHA success though.

dggoddard said...

He was selected in the 7th round of the USHL draft (151st overall) by Sioux Falls.

Its an intriguing pickup nonetheless and he's going to get the opportunity to play every night.

Anonymous said...

Murray would never have taken this kid. He might be ok by his 2nd or 3rd year.

dggoddard said...

Murray didn't lose three players (Dingle, Seabrook & Paukovich) early to professional hockey.

Anonymous said...

Straight out of HS. Like the old days.

doug woog said...

Straight out of HS -- now that's the way to go!!!

Anonymous said...

Will DU actually win a game this season?

444 said...

Since, DU has an Edina kid coming in this Fall they are sure to be a top five program again.

go Hornets! And don't you Pios forget it.