Jeremy Brodeur: A Brick Wall
In a season in which most wrote the Oshawa Generals off, Jeremy Brodeur has been one of the most notable calming factors to the team. The Essex Fells native is coming off a weekend in which he led the Generals to two wins in three games and recording 122 saves including an additional 17 in two shootouts. This is nothing new for Generals fans to see from their overage goaltender.
Since being drafted by the Generals in 2013 Brodeur has made an instant impact on the team. Backing up General Alumni great Ken Appleby, Brodeur learned a lot in his rookie season playing in 19 games, winning 13 of those while recording a sparkling 2.47 GAA and .900 save percentage to go along with three shutouts in his first four starts. Brodeur and the team went on to the MasterCard Memorial Cup that season, winning it all. Not many OHLers can say that they hoisted the Memorial Cup in their rookie season. The Eastern Conference’s first place Oshawa Generals allowed the fewest goals in the OHL with just 157 against that season, backstopped by the tandem of Ken Appleby and Jeremy Brodeur. The Dave Pinkney Trophy was awarded to the pair, as it is awarded annually to the goaltending tandem from the team that allows the fewest goals against during the regular season.
The next year Brodeur took the reigns between the pipes for the Generals and played in 54 games improving his stats from the season before, tallying 24 wins with a .905 save percentage and six shutouts tying a franchise record. This season Brodeur has stepped his game up to yet another level, joining the elite class of goaltenders in the OHL in almost every category. Going into this weekend Jeremy sits in second place with 29 wins, a save percentage of .919 good enough for fourth, and two shutouts good for sixth spot on the list. Since the start of the 2017 calendar year Brodeur has dazzled those watching, recording 12 wins in 16 appearances including a streak of five wins in a row and nine consecutive at home. Brodeur has also been helping out his teammates on the offensive end with two assists this season. Putting up numbers like this is nothing new to Brodeur, who put up a record of 22-4-0 in 26 games in his senior season at Shattuck St. Mary’s.
With 12 games remaining Jeremy Brodeur could have a chance to beat Appleby’s win record of 38 wins in a regular season currently sitting at 29. The future is bright for Jeremy with his remarkable season this year; Brodeur has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, as he holds 66 career wins to date. With a record like his and the skill and composure he’s shown throughout his young career, the possibilities are endless for the veteran goaltender.