So it's official. Former Oilers on-ice bouncer Louie DeBrusk is the team's new colourman for Sportsnet regional coverage, filling in the gaping analyst hole left behind with Ray Ferraro's departure to TSN. Just to show you how out of the loop I was, Global's Kevin Karius and Sportsnet utility man Sam Cosentino were also in the running, along with, ugh, Marty McSorley. Looks like Louie beat out some pretty solid candidates.
DeBrusk has been doing radio colour for the past four years for the Phoenix Coyotes, which I imagine is as far under the radar as you can get in the NHL hockey world. If you're bored enough at work, you can see his "Hot Stove" clips with Coyotes TV guy Darren Pang here. Seems polished enough, but we'll see how it goes over the long winter months (says the guy who forces himself to watch every game). You'll also notice that I didn't assume he was dumb because he was once an NHL enforcer. That is a stereotype. Which is evil.
Trivia: According to an old Matheson article in the Journal, DeBrusk is a frequent visitor to the Hockey Fights site and apparently thinks highly of Stortini as an agitator (I feel like I may be the one left that still thinks Stortini is too slow for the NHL).