Jared Spurgeon vs. T.J. Brodie

Rick Roos




How much better is TJ Brodie to own in fantasy hockey over Jared Spurgeon?


It's that time of year. The autumn air is crisp. Leaves have started to change color and fall. And fantasy hockey GMs realize the team(s) they drafted aren't the living embodiment of perfection on ice, which means they're scrambling to plug holes via the waiver wire.

With that in mind, this week's Cage Match pits T.J. Brodie against Jared Spurgeon – two defensemen who likely were not drafted in most leagues (neither was among the roughly 70 d-men picked in the DobberHockey Experts League draft) but who had posted point per game numbers after the first week of the season, making each a potentially attractive waiver wire target. But which one will help your team more by the end of the season, and beyond? Cage Match is here to tell you all you need to know.


Career Path and Contract Status/Cap Implications

Spurgeon is a 24 year old who, despite being drafted 156th overall in 2008, went from the WHL to the NHL with just a 23 game AHL pit stop. As an undersized defenseman (listed at just 5'9"), it's not surprising that Spurgeon's hallmark in juniors was his offensive prowess; and although he hasn't taken the NHL by storm scoring-wise, his points output has been climbing. Last season in particular he posted 26 points in 67 games, finishing very strong with eight points in his final 13 regular season contests.

Brodie is also 24, and was taken 114th overall in the same 2008 draft as Spurgeon; however that's where their similarities largely end. For one, although no one is going to confuse Brodie with Zdeno Chara, he's several inches taller than Spurgeon; and 2013-14 was Brodie's first full NHL season, having spent nearly 100 more games in the AHL – spread over the course of the prior three campaigns – than Spurgeon. But Brodie made the most of his opportunity last season in posting 31 points, tying him with some far more w