Kent Hughes has often praised the leadership qualities of Patrice Bergeron, his former client. “The most modern leader I know,” he has already told us.
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Add Frédéric Brunet to the list of those who can attest to it.
Brunet is an 18-year-old defender, color holder of the Rimouski Oceanic, who established himself at 132And degree of repechage, Friday. It was the Boston Bruins who enlisted him, in one of those stories where life does things right.
It’s because Brunet trains in Quebec at PEPS in the summer and Bergeron is one of those with whom he lifts the cast iron. “I met him once. I was embarrassed to talk to him, it’s not easy to talk to an established player, ”Brunet said in the Bell Center interview area on Friday afternoon.
“So he was the first to speak. He must have heard that I was embarrassed to talk to him, continues the young man. I told him how I felt about the draft, that Boston was the team that showed me the most interest. We talked for five or ten minutes, he helped me calm down a little. He just said good luck to me and that changed everything. Words from players like him are things you will never forget. ”
Brunet is a defender, not a forward, although the Elite Prospects website lists him in both locations. “I played a game as a forward last year because we lacked players! “, He explained when he was informed of the error. However, he admires Bergeron, like many other players.
It’s amazing to have a presence like him in the gym. There are no two guys like him in the NHL, especially not a Quebecer. He knows what he’s doing, he’s serious. I always watch it in the gym.
Frédéric Brunet, on Patrice Bergeron
The bond with Bergeron amused Ryan Nadeau, co-director of amateur scouting for the Bruins, because Brunet did not mention the number 37 in the interviews he had with scouts of the former Glen Featherstone team.
“Several Quebec French speakers we meet will mention Patrice in our interviews,” reveals Nadeau. But others avoid doing it. They may be afraid of appearing to compare themselves to him. We haven’t talked about Patrice, but now that we know, maybe we will! ”
More seriously, Nadeau seemed intrigued by Brunet, claimed in his second year of eligibility. In 2020-2021, the 18-year-old athlete was limited to 9 points in 33 matches. This season, he has come out in attack with 46 points in 63 games.
We’ve been following him for a while. Its offensive production has increased significantly. We really liked his progress and it added defensive aspects to the game of him.
Ryan Nadeau, Bruins co-director of amateur scouting, on Frédéric Brunet
The Bruins also invited Brunet for a late afternoon interview late Wednesday afternoon, the day before round one, at their hotel in Montreal. It was also with this team that the young man had his first real interview. “He is with Alain [Bissonnette, recruteur des Bruins au Québec] that I had my first interview. When I saw him play on the microphone, my heart started beating fast. I heard my name, in French, from a Montreal Quebecer. It was amazing! ”
Brunet is also distinguished by an impressive family background. He is one of many players in this draft who grew up surrounded by elite athletes, as our colleague Alexandre Pratt pointed out in a solid compilation.
“We don’t want to exaggerate the reach of genetics. It is he who is rescued, not his family! warns Nadeau.
“His brother is trying to go to the Olympics, his father and uncle have been there. When you grow up in such a competitive environment, it comes with determination. It’s probably more of a good story than a real postman, but it sure doesn’t hurt him. ”