Gilbert Brule will in fact be getting that second chance at the NHL he was hoping for when training camp opens next month.

The former Vancouver Giants star has confirmed earlier rumblings that he has signed a professional tryout agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes the team to which he was slated to return at the conclusion of last season’s lockout. But things had not gone well for Brule while he was playing under former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford in Zurich of the Swiss league at the outset of last season and of course before that as earlier reported in The Province. Brule stepped away from hockey to get his life in order.

Now in the best shape of his life by a goodly margin Brule will try to resume his career which began when he was drafted in the first round by Columbus sixth overall in 2005. In 33 games with the Coyotes in 2011-12 Brule managed five goals and nine assists and a plus-seven rating under coach Dave Tippett who is apparently welcoming him back to see if Brule can regain some semblance of the form that had been expected when his pro career began. Still only 26 Brule had a career-high 17 goals and 20 assists in 65 games with the Edmonton Oilers back in 2010-11.