This is where we’re at. We are talking about Gilbert Brule leaving the NHL to go to Switzerland. Brule has been mostly recognizable for his disappointing, inconsistent career. In junior hockey, Brule looked to be a future star. In the league, however, he has failed to live up the hype, amassing 43 goals in 296 games, which, over the course of a full season, would be an average of about 12 goals a year.
10 goal scorers in the NHL, however (Assuming they remain healthy) can be stars in Europe. Brule, originally from Edmonton, likely won’t make it a long term stay in Switzerland, but time there as a big fish in a small pond may boost his value upon a return to the NHL. It’s not a terrible strategy, especially since Brule may be the best player the Swiss have ever seen.
If his on ice accolades aren’t enough to be a star in Zurich, well, hey, at least he knows U2!