As first reported by Oilers Radio Analyst and host of Oilers Now Bob Stauffer, former Phoenix Coyote and Edmonton Oiler, Gilbert Brule, will be attending Coyotes training camp in September.
Gilbert Brule will be attending Phoenix's training camp— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) July 24, 2013
Brule was initially drafted 6th by the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2005 Entry Level Draft. Injuries and inconsistency eventually led to Brule being traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Raffi Torres. He would go on to have the best season of his career in 2009-2010, going 17-20-37 in 65 games.
Brule was initially claimed from waivers by the Coyotes on January 10th, 2012 and went on to play 33 games with the club, going 5-9-14 with a +7 during the regular season and 2-1-3 during the Coyotes' playoff run. Brule played a bottom-six role with the team.
The Coyotes ended up not re-signing Brule after the 2011-2012 season, but he eventually found a home in Switzerland with the ZSC Lions. He played 14 games with the Lions and notched 6 assists before he was released by the club.
At the time Brule's struggles were not well understand by the hockey world, but recently it was announced that Brule had been dealing with personal issues with his father over the past few years, as well as some psychological issues for which he was prescribed medication. Brule alleged that his father took money from him and blackmailed him with inappropriate pictures. Those issues appear to be behind him, he is off medication and he says that he has talked through his issues with his father giving him a clear head again.