For the second straight year a Swift Current Broncos star has taken the big stage at the NHL Draft as a first round pick. Jake DeBrusk followed in Julius Honka’s footsteps this season as both ended up picked 14th overall in their respective drafts. It’s a very exciting day for the DeBrusk family and for the Broncos family. This is the first time in Broncos history they’ve had first round picks in back-to-back seasons. Both players made significant leaps in reputation and stature in their time with the Broncos and are a tremendous reflection on the organization as well as their own talent and dedication.
I remember back in 2011 when the Broncos plucked a young and undersized DeBrusk in the 7th round of the WHL bantam draft. The son of a well respected NHL tough guy was only listed at 5’5 and 125lbs. Was this just a flyer on a kid who had a name? I remember at the time DeBrusk and people who knew him told me despite his size he never backed away from the tough areas and could hold his own. I also remember people with the Broncos telling me they had reason to believe he hadn’t hit his growth spurt yet… and boy was it a good bet. Nature played a part and hard work played a bigger one as DeBrusk became the surprise of the 2011 draft and emerged as one of the best goal scorers in junior hockey.
Now Boston is making a bet on him ahead of where he was projected. Don’t bet against him. He thrives when you do.
Here is a timeline of some big moments in DeBrusk’s evolution to today…
- DeBrusk being drafted and a Jamie Porter interview
- An interview with his bantam coach
- DeBrusk’s interview at his first Broncos camp
- DeBrusk signs his WHL contract
- DeBrusk talks WHL contract
- Broncos prospects shine at Mac’s
- Oilers offspring
- Broncos prospect turning heads
- Shaw’s Inside Edge with DeBrusk and Gawdin fall 2013
- Four point night in Brandon
- DeBrusk scores game 3 winner
- DeBrusk playoff hero against Tigers
- Video of game 4 and DeBrusk’s OT goal
- DeBrusk makes NHL futures list
- Shaw’s Inside Edge with DeBrusk fall 2014
- DeBrusk has a five point night
- Gawdin and DeBrusk set for CHL prospects game
- Video of DeBrusk’s hat trick in a playoff clinching game
- DeBrusk WHL Player of the Week
- Final NHL Central Scouting rankings
- DeBrusk creating his own niche
- DeBrusk prospect report
- DeBrusk invited to World Junior camp
- Shaw draft prospect video on DeBrusk
- NESN report on DeBrusk draft
- DeBrusk post-draft interview on Sportsnet
- Our DeBrusk draft story
It’s been quite the journey for DeBrusk already and it’s only just starting now. Next up we look forward to seeing what team will get a can’t miss pick outside of the first round with Glenn Gawdin tomorrow.