Thread: Prospect Info: Jonas Brodin (Part II)
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04-30-2012, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Generic User View Post
Murphy has not progressed as much as Brodin has since the draft.
Murphy is simply the player I would have picked on that day back in June. It's debatable over who has progressed more. Murphy started out slow with the injury, but in the latter stages he was above last year's pace. Not a huge improvement though, just like Brodin. If you base things off of improvement we see a year later, we should have selected Baertschi or Klefbom.

Originally Posted by Victorious Secret View Post
The WJC more than proved that.
Why? Because he played well in it? Not going to cut it because that should be expected. Maybe some perspective would help on Brodin. In this year's WJC, he was the second-highest drafted defensemen in the entire tournament, only one spot behind the highest (Hamilton). So he had better have done well, because he was drafted as such.

Originally Posted by rynryn View Post
I don't know if it's a matter of progression with Brodin as he was already NHL ready according to our scouts. His biggest problems were size and assertiveness. The assertiveness issue is probably well on its way to disappearing as he skates top minutes on his pro club. Size...he's how old?
One of Brodin's biggest negatives is his lack off offensive production, not size. This year he did nothing to help ease that concern. He continued to be good in his areas of strength and questionable in areas of weakness.

Originally Posted by rynryn View Post
People keep praising Leddy for some reason. He isn't horrible, but he isn't that great either (as far as "progression" goes). A lot of Hawks fans this year were complaining that he wasn't as sheltered this year as he should be at this stage in his development--i don't think we'll have to shelter Brodin at all. Leddy certainly isn't a bust, but he isn't anything to pine after either.
It's an acknowledgment of far Leddy has come since being a Gopher. He's still got work to do in the defensive side of things, but his game has increased rapidly even after being pushed early into the NHL.

Brodin's defensive game is no guarantee to translate into a much bigger, faster, and more talented league. What comes easy for him now could blow him away in the NHL. That's where you'd like to see some proven offensive ability to help offset the one-dimensional peg we're resting our hat on.

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