Broll is more than just muscle for Leafs

Projected as more of a fourth-liner, rookie winger David Broll has earned a top-six role with the...

Projected as more of a fourth-liner, rookie winger David Broll has earned a top-six role with the Leafs -- at least until David Clarkson returns -- with his smart play. (USA Today)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:00 PM ET

TORONTO - His nickname is Brolldozer, but David Broll seems to have a little Dave Bolland in him.

Most thought the 235-pound banger from the Soo Greyhounds might pop into the Maple Leafs lineup as an energy winger at some point this season, once he got comfortable in his first year with the Marlies.

But Broll has been pressed into service already and should play his third game in the top-six mix on Tuesday, against the Minnesota Wild.

“I was more labelled as a fourth-line guy,” Broll said Monday after practice at the Air Canada Centre. “But I knew deep down in myself, I could provide more than just a physical (aspect). I have a bit of toughness, but I think I can provide offence, as well. It’s good to be in the top six. It’s mutual success for me and helping the team to win.”

It’s been quite a week for the Mississauga native, who played seven minutes in front of friends and family on Saturday during the overtime win over Edmonton, chipping in with an assist.


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