All work, no play for T.J.

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

You can't be serious if you think T.J. Brodie is worried about burning out this summer.

He's too busy having the time of his life to even fathom this much time on the ice is anything but a positive.

The Flames prospect spent the last month in Calgary training.

This week, he's been partaking in the team's summer development camp.

Next month, he'll attend Team Canada's world junior camp. Then, it'll be straight into his junior team's camp, the Flames training camp and then the season.

It adds up to a lot of action on the ice, but Brodie is relishing every minute.

"I think the timing has been perfect," he said. "With this, I'll know the shape I'm in, then I'll go home for a week and a half and get on the ice a couple of times. By world junior camp, I should be ready to go."

It certainly has been an incredible ride over the last 13 months.

First came the Flames selecting him in the fourth round, 114th overall, in the 2008 draft.

He responded with an excellent camp among the other prospects and rode a wave of confidence to a 50-point season with the OHL's Saginaw Spirit. Proof of how far the 19-year-old blueliner has come came from a phone call from Hockey Canada, the invitation to the summer camp to be held in Saskatoon.

"I was really caught off guard by that," Brodie said. "I was at home, driving to work out, and my dad called me and said they'd phoned. I had no idea they were even considering me. It's an honour. I'll do what I can and see what happens from there."

The other Flames player invited to the camp, Greg Nemisz, is no surprise.

But Brodie's inclusion came from off the grid considering he'd never been part of the Hockey Canada stream through the years.

"My first year of junior, I played 20 games in the OHL and played junior B most of the year, and I think that was a good decision, to stay back and get a lot of ice, because Saginaw made a bit of a run that year," he said. "I think it helped me out in the long run. It's great to be out there and play with the best players in the country."

The way Nemisz sees it, Brodie won't fly under the radar much longer.

"Even before he was drafted, I'd played against him four or six times a year, and he's a really smooth defenceman, a great skater, makes the good first pass," Nemisz said. "He's just a good all-around player.

"He's an unbelievable pick in the fourth round."

The scouting report on Brodie is he's a strong puck-moving defenceman with offensive skills, but the focus of his game has been in his own zone.

The 6-foot-1, 176-lb. blueliner has offensive flair but knows he won't be wearing a Flaming C if he doesn't do a good enough job keeping the puck out of his net.

"I don't mind joining the rush and the play, but ever since I joined the OHL, I've tried to work on my defensive game," he said. "All my coaches told me if I didn't work on that, get that better, it didn't matter how many points I got, I wouldn't go anywhere.

"I was really concentrating on that, and last year, everything fell into place, and I got to play in all situations."


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