Jonas Brodin gets the call

...and he accepts the charges
Another day brings another first round bust pick to the Minnesota Wild roster.

With 2010 first rounder Mikael Granlund scoring his first goal on Saturday and 2012 first rounder Mathew Dumba getting experience in the art of press box popcorn making (and whatever else on-ice experience being around NHLers bring), 2011 first round selection Jonas Brodin has been called up Thursday before the team's game in Detroit on Friday.
(2008 & 2011 first rounders Tyler Cuma and Zack Phillips are in Houston - the latter a healthy scratch last night - while 2009 first round selection Nick Leddy will be seen on Wednesday.)

From Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
"I'm ready to go," Brodin said after practicing with the Wild on Thursday morning at the Xcel Energy Center.

Coach Mike Yeo, who said Josh Harding is scheduled to start in goal for Minnesota, said Brodin likely will line up on defense with Clayton Stoner.

"The ceiling is very high," Yeo said of Brodin. "You see the way he skates and see his composure with the puck. He can do things at a very, very high level."
Brodin is making his return from a broken collarbone suffered just short of 3 months ago. The injury, which occurred November 2nd during a hit from Oklahoma City (and current Edmonton Oiler) forward Taylor Hall, cut short an AHL season that saw the defenseman score 4 points (2G-2A) in 9 games. Prior to that he played a role in Sweden's World Championship team last May along with being a member of their gold-medal winning 2012 WJC team.

Besides being healthy, the reason Jonas is being called up is insurance. Defenseman Jared Spurgeon missed part of Tuesday's loss to Nashville although it appears that he will make the trip to Detroit. It's the first injury of the season for Minnesota, who lost a franchise-record 396 man games last year.

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1 comment:

  1. Saw the video at WildTV. What Yeo actually said, before modifying it, was "the sky's the limit" with Brodin. Clearly he decided that sounded like putting too much pressure on 1 19yr old, and dialed it back a couple notches.

    But presumably the original formulation is what he really thinks.