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Dallas Stars Select RW Brendan Troock In The Fifth Round Of The 2012 NHL Draft

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Brendan Troock is a physical and hard hitting right winger from the Seattle Thunderbirds. He is expected to be a bottom six forward at the NHL level. He is a hard working and character forward who has battled injuries and has worked through them. He adds some size up front in a draft which generally has been smaller for the Stars. He also adds even more depth to a crowded right wing.

Brendan Troock

RW / Seattle Thunderbirds




Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Shoots: Right

GP G A P +/- PIM
Seattle Thunderbirds 2011-12 58 14 12 26 -16 83
Canada U18 7 0 1 1 -1 10

Troock is a typical bottom six character forward who can play with a physical edge and works hard. He missed the entirety of the 2010-2011 season due to a neck injury. His main strength is clearly his work ethic and also his forechecking ability. He is a well balanced skater and is effective in his own end. He is good on the PK and also is willing to block shots.

However there is an intriguing offensive upside. His shot is seen as being underrated and he uses his size to outmuscle defenders infront of the net. He was ranked highly alongside fellow prospects such as Tim Bozon and Colton Sisson. He has a rare combination of size, speed, skating and offensive skills. He could exceed the expectations of a bottom six checking forward.

He was expected to go earlier than the fifth round, if he develops his offensive skills and continues to grow in confidence he could become a decent player at the NHL level.


Troock is a character player who leaves it all out on the ice. Told he should find a different career after suffering soft tissue damage to his neck area, the similar injury that Sidney Crosby suffered, he battled back, which speaks volumes about his determination. Troock is a great worker who plays roles well. He can dictate the tempo of a game and adds a ton of positive energy to his team. He has offensive upside as well but projects best for his work ethic and forechecking abilities.

Hockey Prospect

Troock is a skilled, physical forward who can skate very well given his big frame. He has very raw tal- ent that has not developed fully at this point. He missed all of last season due to a nagging neck injury. At the start of the season, he looked very tentative with the puck and his decision making was not up to speed in comparison to everybody else on the ice. Fast forward four months later, and it is clear that his name should be right up there with Colton Sissons and Tim Bozon as the top forward to be taken in the upcoming NHL entry draft. He has been able to stay healthy this year, and has shown his capabili- ties as the season progresses. He uses his big body very well, and goes to the net hard with very good speed. He has an underrated shot and releases the puck very quickly. Despite his previous injury is- sues, he takes the body hard and has a high compete level. He has a rare combination of size, speed and skill that not many other prospects possess. The progress his game made this year has caught NHL teams' attention and will surely be ranked high by many of those clubs for this year's draft.

Future Considerations

A strong and physical, hard working power forward. Is a very balanced and powerful skater. Does not have great acceleration but possesses decent top end speed, impressive agility and turning ability for his size. Physically he is very strong and plays to his strengths by running people over and winning most board bat- tles. Does not have any skill that blows you away but instead can do it all well and has very intriguing pro-potential. Both a good passer and has nice shooting ability with a heavy wrist shot. Generates most of his offensive zone chances by patrolling the slot or outmuscling the defenders on the forecheck. Shows great patience with the puck and can carry it up ice on the rush. Understands the defensive side of the game; has good awareness and covers for teammates where needed. Uses his body to close off lanes on the PK and is will to block shots. After missing a year because of chronic headaches and neck pain, he was extra determined this year and it showed on the ice though his play. Despite his solid year's work there are still some concerns with his health going forward.