And The #4 Prospect Is...
Posted by Dan Shrader on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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Defenseman, 6'1" 170 Pounds
Farjestad (Swedish Elite League) 4 Assists in 42 Games
Shortly after Chuck Fletcher made the Brodin selection, the aisles were flooded with Wild fans muttering "WTF is a Joe-Nis Bro-deen?!? He's not a goal scorer!" as they poured out onto the concourses.
I think Brent Flahr succinctly breaks down Brodin's game:
To me, Mike Yeo explains where Brodin's value will be.
The big question with Brodin is if the offense comes or not; a look at his playing history would seem to indicate that he may never be a big time point producer, but that being said, he had two goals and four assists in six games at The World Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid last week as Sweden's top minute eating defenseman, and he'll be looked to again around Christmas time to carry the same workload at the World Junior Championships.
Even though he is a bit slight at 170 pounds, he should be able to bulk up a bit, which will allow him to engage physically with opponents a bit more around the net and in the corners, but Brodin isn't the type of player that will look to blow people up. Brodin was a key cog on Farjestad's blueline for their SEL Championship- as a 17 year old playing against Men. To me his play reminds me alot of what Kim Johnsson was for us (yes he was overpaid I know.) Johnsson's game was moving the puck out of the zone, and matching up against the top lines of other teams. Brodin, like Johnsson, will likely see ice time in all situations, utilizing his skating, poise, and hockey sense.
Brodin did sign an Entry Level Contract on his Birthday during Development Camp, but I've heard it was more to avoid some transfer issues crossing the pond when he does make the jump to the North American game.
He'll arguably the top Defensive Prospect in the Wild System...after this season.