Brodziak embraces Wild future

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

Kyle Brodziak understands the business.

The local product was under no illusions he would spend his entire career as a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

Yet he was surprised when traded to the Minnesota Wild for a couple of picks at the NHL Entry Draft in June.

"I've had a long summer to think about it and I'm fully prepared to go to Minnesota," Brodziak said yesterday.

"It's part of the game and even from Day 1, I understand that. Not too many guys have the luxury of playing in one city their whole career. I knew eventually it was going to happen, and I just have to move on."

The Oilers invested five years in the former Moose Jaw Warrior.

Brodziak, 25, was selected in the seventh round (214 overall) of the 2003 draft. He spent three seasons in the minors before making the jump to the NHL two seasons ago.

He finished with 11 goals and 16 assists in 79 games last season.

"It was great here," Brodziak said. "There were a lot of great relationships here. I knew some of those guys for more than two years.

"I played with (Zack) Stortini for three or four years. I played with (Jeff) Deslauriers for at least four years, so there are a lot of relationships that I've made over that time. But it happens, and now I have to make some new friends."

Brodziak is currently preparing for the upcoming season by taking part in Perry Pearn's three-on-three camp at the Knights of Columbus arena on the northside.

"It is tough to have to move away from home," he said."There are a few guys out here that have done it; it's just part of the game."


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