22-Year-Old Defenseman – Minnesota Wild
Jonas Brodin Contract Information:
Brodin signed a six-year extension with the Wild in October of 2014.
Brodin (illness) will play Saturday against the Predators, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Brodin opened last season by creating offense and it looked like he was poised to take a giant step forward from his rookie year. Instead, he kind of went sideways when he was forced into more difficult situations -- after all, he wasn't always under the protective wing of Ryan Suter like he was his first season. Brodin will again shoulder increased responsibility and should slowly improve his scoring totals this season. But don't expect more than 30-35 points.
Brodin finished fourth in the Calder Trophy voting, made the All-Rookie team and took a spot next to Ryan Suter as the team's top defensemen, which he may not relinquish for years. The 10th overall draft pick in 2011 began the season in the AHL where he broke his collar bone and missed nearly three months. A few weeks into the NHL season and then healthy, Brodin was called up and never looked back, averaging more than 23 minutes per game of ice time. He put up solid defensive stats (18 takeaways and 60 blocked shots), but had just 11 points. He was the youngest defenseman in the league last season, so his offensive game will likely improve, and he has the talent to take a big leap. He could easily be the next Ryan Suter.
Brodin is Minny's top prospect on the blue line and rightfully so. He suited up against men in the Elitserien -- and held his own -- before his 18th birthday. He's great one-on-one, is exceptional on his skates and plays a calm, cool and collected control game. Yes, just like the great Niklas Lidstrom. Now, we're not saying he's the next Nik -- we may never see another player like him. But Brodin has tremendous talent and at worst, he'll be a top shutdown specialist in the NHL. However, we're convinced there's a lot more just under the surface and he'll some day dominate at both ends of the ice. Not unlike Ryan Suter. Yep -- we said that out loud. He should be in the land of frozen lakes in 2013-14.
Minnesota gave consideration to its future blue line by selecting Brodin with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Listed at 6-foot and 172 pounds, this Swedish prospect won't be throwing anyone around the ice but he is a fluid skater with hockey smarts. The Wild secured Brodin's services this past July by getting his signature on a three-year, entry-level contract, though the 18-year-old will look to get more playing time with Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League this season.