St, Cloud, MN – The San Jose Sharks of the NHL announced on July 2nd that they have signed former St. Cloud State University forward Jonny Brodzinski to a one-year contract. Brodzinski was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings as the 148th pick of the fifth round in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He was originally signed to a two-year entry level contract on April 1, 2015 and then a standard two-year contract on July 14, 2017. He became a Group VI Unrestricted Free Agent at the expiration of that contract.
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Brodzinski played 54 games in the NHL for Los Angeles compiling 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points but was unable to convert the success he had offensively in the American Hockey League with the Ontario Reign where he posted 108 points (56G 52A) in 156 games and participated in the All-Star game during the 2016-17 season.
Unfortunately, for Brodzinski, an early season shoulder injury curtailed ice-time with the Kings in 2018-19 only allowing two goals and three points in 13 games. The writing seemed to be on the wall following the last game of the season when he wasn’t inserted in the lineup. “I wanted him to get a game. He’s worked hard,” coach Desjardins said. “It would’ve been nice to get him in there.That’s the problem when you come down with getting guys in. You have to take somebody out, and it’s not that he didn’t deserve to play, but we felt other guys did as well.” Subsequently in mid-June General Manager Rob Blake indicated they would not be re-signing Brodzinski.
The Kings also have been stockpiling forwards in the last three NHL Entry Drafts selecting 11 forwards. They selected center Alex Turcotte with the 5th overall pick in the 2019 draft.
Following the signing of Brodzinski to a one-year standard contract with the Sharks, General Manager Doug Wilson commented “Brodzinski has an excellent combination of power and scoring skillset. He had a great collegiate career at St. Cloud State and has continued that success at the professional level. We feel there’s a good opportunity for him to earn playing time and help us offensively this upcoming season.” At the same time, they also signed defenseman, Dalton Prout to a one-year deal.
At St. Cloud State, Brodzinski was a prolific scorer adding nearly a point a game with 64 goals and 48 assists for 112 points in 120 games. That positioned him 8th in all-time goal scoring after just three years at SCSU.
Brodzinski joins his brother MIchael in the San Jose Sharks organization. The younger Brodzinski was drafted 141st in round 5 of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. However, he has not earned any playing time with the Sharks. He’s appeared in 61 games for the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL and 92 games for the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.