SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — In over 40 years of hockey, the Musketeers have had 29 players reach the NHL. That number could reach an even 30 very soon. Bobby Brink could be the latest player to go from Sioux City to hockey’s highest level. Brink is projected to be a first round pick when the NHL Draft starts Friday.
Despite missing 12 games with a broken ankle last season, Brink was named the USHL Forward of the Year. He was fourth in the league with 68 points, and second with 35 goals. Brink’s speed and vision make him a wanted man by pro scouts.
“Now that I’m close to the draft, that’s when you kind of think about it more,” said Brink. “An NHL team is picking you and taking stock in you. But before that it just seemed so far away that you don’t really think about it as much as your high school and junior career but now that it’s coming closer you think about it more.”
Brink has been working out at home, where he led Minnetonka High School to a Minnesota state title in 2018. Regardless of where he’s drafted, Brink will play at the University of Denver next season, while an NHL team holds his rights.
Being a first round draft pick would be the culmination of a lifetime around hockey.
“I never thought of being anything else but a hockey player,” said Brink. “The draft seemed so far away back then so I really didn’t think about it much but as you get closer you think about it a little more and I’m excited for it.”
Many mock drafts have Brink going between 20 and 30 in round one. The draft is Friday and Saturday in Vancouver.