Brule dropped to Jack­ets’ fourth line

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VAN­COU­VER — Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing and point­less pre-sea­son, Gil­bert Brule has been de­moted to the fourth line with the NHL’s Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets.

Brule, 19, drafted sixth over­all in 2005, de­scribed his camp as “av­er­age.” A year ago, he was the best of the Blue Jack­ets in pre-sea­son.

Said coach Ger­ard Gal­lant: “We ex­pect big things from Gil­bert, but that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean this year. He’s a young kid play­ing a man’s game. We’re in no rush.”

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