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Drafted in the ninth round, 142nd Overall, in the 2018 USHL Draft, forward Tristan Broz has turned into a draft steal for the Fargo Force. An alternate captain on the team, Broz scored 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points in 54 games with the team this year. He also put up three goals and eight assists for 11 points in eight playoff games. Broz helped the Force reach the Clark Cup Final. Unfortunately, they lost the Championship Series to the Chicago Steel by three games to one.
Broz was also a key member of the team in 2019-20. He scored 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 48 games before the season was shut down. Broz was awarded a spot on the USHL Second All-Rookie Team for his efforts. Broz played just six regular-season games with the Force in 2018-19 but showed his potential picking up a goal and four points. He also played in two playoff games. Broz spent most of the season playing high-school hockey, putting up 29 goals and 27 assists for 56 points in 25 games with Blake. He is committed to playing for the University of Minnesota next year.
Tristan Broz Scouting Report
Centre/Left Wing — shoots Left
Born October 10th, 2002 — Bloomington, Minnesota
Height 6’0″ — Weight 178 lbs [183 cm / 81 kg]
Overall Broz is a solid skater but there are some improvements he can make in his game. He is more quick than fast, with an excellent first step and very good acceleration. However, over long distances, Broz’s top-end speed is merely slightly above average. If he can work on his knee bend, this is an area that can really improve in the coming years. His agility and edgework are excellent though. Broz is very dangerous in tight spaces. He can make a quick change or direction and quickly change speeds to get away from a defender and create space. He also needs to continue to gain muscle as he matures. Broz does a decent job of fighting through checks and being strong on the puck at the junior level, but this will be challenged as he continues to move forward.
Broz has many of the skills necessary to make an offensive impact at the next level but needs continued refinements in his game. He marries his skating ability with excellent stickhandling. He is able to control the puck as well as make plays while still making those quick changes in direction or darting into open space. Broz also has very good vision and passing skills. He can find an open teammate and pass the puck through tight areas in order to create a scoring chance. Broz controls the puck well, using his stickhandling to protect it. He is effective in the neutral zone, leading the rush as well as generating efficient zone entries.
Broz can also play the role of a goal scorer. He has an excellent wrist shot and snapshot. Broz gets them off with a quick release and can fool goaltenders by varying the angle on that release. Broz also has a very good one-timer. He does a good job of adjusting his feet to imperfect passes and still getting his shot off. The criticism is that Broz will spend too much time playing on the perimeter and not get to the dirty areas of the ice enough. When he goes to the net, he is effective. He has the soft hands to finish in tight to the goal. However, he is not consistent in getting to those areas both with and without the puck. Broz also needs to improve his physical engagement along the boards when fighting for loose pucks.
Broz also shows a good defensive game. He is conscientious about getting back to support the defence against the cycle. Broz is not overly physical but will use his size to contain his man. He could work on winning more battles on the boards though. He also takes good angles and supports the defence with back pressure against the rush. Broz is strong positionally and uses his active stick to cut down passing lanes. He is also willing to block shots. Broz does a good job of keeping himself between his man and the net when defending away from the puck. When a turnover is created, Broz is good a transitioning the puck out of the defensive zone and pushing the offence quickly.
Projection and Comparison
Broz could become an effective two-way player at the NHL level if he is able to reach his potential. Some time in the NCAA is ideal though. Broz will get the opportunity to improve his top-end speed. With the lighter NCAA schedule, he will also have the opportunity to bulk up in the weight room. This could lead to Broz being more effective on the boards as well as more willing to drive the net. If he can make these improvements in his game, he could develop into a middle-six forward capable of playing in all situations. If he continues to play on the perimeter, he could end up playing on the wing at the next level. Broz’s game is similar to Casey Mittelstadt but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on skill and potential.
The following is a compilation of some of the highlight packages and features of Tristan Broz that are available on youtube as well as Twitter.
I had to slow down this clip to really appreciate the vision and patience shown here by Tristan Broz. He’s a special player who is going to start getting the recognition he deserves. #2021NHLDraft #USHL pic.twitter.com/LO7Yn1EjCX
— Dylan Krill (@dylan_krill) December 23, 2020
— Dylan Krill (@dylan_krill) May 1, 2021
Got pushed to watch some tape of him from twitter and the kid has skill. He's a fun Barzal-like circling he does for a while haha
I love the subtlety to his vision and playmaking. His puck control and timing is excellent. pic.twitter.com/1Yeua4HAI4
— 🌬Joel Henderson💨 (@dathockeydoe) December 5, 2020
Tristan Broz @FargoForce (#9) with a five point night!🔥 1G,4A
— Dylan Krill (@dylan_krill) March 6, 2021
Love the decision making by the Fargo Force to line Tristan Broz (#2021NHLDraft) below the faceoff circle on the draw.
Right off the draw, Broz collects the pass and nets a top shelf goal. pic.twitter.com/QMY6hSesUE
— Josh Tessler (@JoshTessler_) May 2, 2021
— USHL (@USHL) November 15, 2019
— Fargo Force (@FargoForce) May 2, 2021
Blake increases their lead over No. 9 Wayzata to 2-0 on Tristan Broz fifth goal of the year pic.twitter.com/2sHPEgzynp
— YHH (@YouthHockeyHub) December 23, 2017
— Eric Vegoe (@evegoe) May 8, 2021
One of the players we’re high on at Rinkside is Tristan Broz (#9) from the @FargoForce. An incredibly skilled forward with elite playmaking ability, he uses the soft catch here to get around an overpursuing defender, then uses great patience to walk around the goalie, gets A1. pic.twitter.com/2pRg8j3Raz
— Joey Padmanabhan (@joeypad2) May 24, 2021
Tristan Broz: 3G-5A-8P in 5 total playoff games, LOVE to see it🤩 pic.twitter.com/9b45H1wdKe
— Fargo Force (@FargoForce) May 9, 2021
FACEOFF = WON
GOAL = SCORED
🚨 Tristan Broz
🍎 Aaron Huglen pic.twitter.com/CGE8XyMNMr
— Fargo Force (@FargoForce) May 2, 2021
— USHL (@USHL) November 21, 2020
This one shift highlights so much of what I like and don't like about Tristan Broz's game. He occasionally falls in love with playing the perimeter so much that he's completely disengaged. At the same time, it's hard to argue with his finishing ability. #2021NHLDraft #USHL pic.twitter.com/7MOJbvMxm5
— John Gove (@PodStreetGove) April 29, 2021
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Tristan Broz Scouting Report Main Photo:
Proud of the effort and class displayed by @tristanbroz & @jpeart24 – Both young men represented the @FargoForce with pride at the @BioSteelSports @usahockey Prospects Game! pic.twitter.com/aKstiJ4yZY
— Pierre Lamoureux (@pp_lamoureux) April 8, 2021