here is a great article on Brodin, he played limited time and no pp time last year with his SEL team, he was mainly used to shut guys down but his coach for WJC is gushing about him, what i love is that he is motivated and has the drive to be better.
this guy clearly doesn't like losing as it seems and goes the extra mile to be better. its hard to see a weakness in his game which is eerie to type for a 18 year old.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Jonas Brodin went all the way to Buffalo last year and he didn't even get a T-shirt out of it.
Brodin played in two exhibition games for Team Sweden prior to the 2011 World Junior Championship, but was left off the final roster prior to the start of the tournament, and had to follow the event from home as Sweden finished fourth.
Being so close motivated the 6-foot-1, 166-pound defenseman to improve his game, and he's done that to the point where he might be Sweden's most important player at the position heading into the 2012 WJC.
"We have different kind of defensemen, but he's definitely one of my best right now," coach Roger Ronnberg told NHL.com. "He's really a true quarterback out there. He's really leading his unit every time.
"He's smart with the puck but he's also really smart without the puck. He can shut down players and play the PK. He's a good overall defenseman."
Brodin had a goal and an assist Thursday in Sweden's 8-4 defeat of Finland. Through four games here at this week's junior evaluation camp, he has 2 goals and 4 assists.
"We got lots of good (defensemen), but I think he's the one with the most talent," teammate Max Friberg told NHL.com. "He's a great player."
Added Sweden captain Johan Larsson: "If you look out there, he's dominant. He's so smart, he's so good. So good with the puck. … It looks like now he's our best defenseman. He's really important. He's really good on the power play and good in the (penalty kill) box, playing 5-on-5."
Brodin felt he didn't play his best game Thursday, but overall he rated the experience here a good one.
"When I play with Farjestad (in Swedish Elite League), I play with men and I don't play power play," he told NHL.com. "But when I come here with the national team, I play power play, (penalty kill), get more ice time. I like to play power play. It's good."
It's certainly better than last year, when he came so close to making the team.
"I played two practice games last year, against Canada and Switzerland, then I went home," Brodin said.
The snub motivated him, and while he finished his season in Farjestad with just 4 assists in 42 games, he had 2 goals in 14 playoff games. Not bad for a 17-year-old playing limited time against grown men.
The Minnesota Wild certainly liked what they saw, and selected him with the 10th pick of the 2011 Entry Draft.
"Jonas Brodin is an elite-skating defenseman," said Wild Assistant GM Brent Flahr. "He's got really good puck-moving ability, really thinks the game well. He played in Farjestad on a championship team in the Swedish Elite League, played regularly for most of the year, and that's a huge step for a young player. To see his composure and sense, his natural ability to play the game ...
"I was over there watching in the championship series against Adam Larsson and those players, and he really played well. Then he joined the Under-18 team with Sweden partway through the tournament and really helped them out and got to the final game. He's a terrific skater and has a terrific mind for the game."
The Wild also wasted little time getting Brodin signed, agreeing to a three-year, entry-level contract that was signed July 12 -- Brodin's 18th birthday.
"It was a fantastic feeling," he said of signing his first NHL contract. "It was a dream come true. It's every guy's dream to sign an NHL contract."
Brodin will spend at least another season in Farjestad, where the goal is to add some muscle, which hopefully will improve a shot that already looks pretty good. He'll also see more ice time in his second season with Farjestad.
"Realistically, he needs to get physically stronger," Flahr told the Wild's website. "He's going to a very good program, a very good team. He'll play more this year and it will be a good place to develop. He'll hopefully get a chance to play over here during the world juniors. It should be a real good year for him. Hopefully he can come to camp next year and compete for a position."
The world juniors also is something that's on Brodin's mind. He said a spot on the team that will go to Calgary and Edmonton in December will be a driving force for him the first half of the season. But barring injury, he already has a spot locked up.
"I have problems with seeing something else," said Ronnberg. "Jonas is so good, and he's not just a skill guy. He also competes every night and he's going to be important player for this team."
Can't we just move him down to 3rd/4th line like he wants with Granlund comes??
He wants to be a grinder center anyways??
Brodziak is pretty much the definition of a third line center. He's capable of playing second line if needed, but I can't imagine he wants to play on a fourth line. If you're Brodziak and you're fairly confident you can find a third line center job on another team, are you really going to play fourth line minutes in Minnesota for the same pay? I don't want to see the front office paying him more than he's worth just to play a position he's better than. I'd love to keep Brodziak, but unless we find a way to move Cullen, I don't see how we can do it.
If the team is chugging along at a relatively safe playoff pace I don't know if they'd pack off any of our starters for picks, and I really doubt they'd throw down a good prospect for what security we could get for him (aging vet UFA most likely) as the team's focus has shifted to Future mode.
Bubble team...Again I don't see us dishing our prospects for rentals. But if something enticing enough comes along I could see one or two expiring contracts moved for picks
Out of the playoffs...Expiring contracts will be shopped hard, obviously, and probably even safer RFAs like Latendresse if something looks horribly wrong on the ice this year.
Yeah if we're in the same position as last year Brodziak's unlikely to go. Zanon could though, Its debatable whether he'll be an everyday d-man for us and based on what Yeo's said about what he wants from his d-men, Zanon doesn't really fit.
I highly doubt we trade my personal top-5 prospects(Granlund, Scandella, Coyle, Brodin, Hackett), but I could see the rest in play for the right player, even if it is a rental. Fletcher has to be feeling some heat for expecting playoffs year one and missing them both of his first 2 years.
Originally Posted by Caior89
I think that Erik Haula will crack the NHL in two/three years and your guys will realize that the kid exist.
Thats all for me, hate predictions.
Well I expect him to play out his 4 years of college hockey, which will be 3 more years.
Originally Posted by Puhis
I think Granlund would actually be better as a winger, after following his play in FEL and WC.
Give him a goal-scoring center and he'd be magical.
I do feel he'd be better suited to wing, but all indications are that he's looked at as a center and will get a chance there. Coyle's(and to a lesser extent, Larsson's) talent and versatility are huge assets to allow us to play Granlund where he fits best.
By the way, who is expected to be the 4th line center next season? Powe, Gillies? I really don't know.
Well Nystrom and Powe both have limited experience at center, but by all indications they are better suited to the wing. Gillies has been developed exclusively at left wing so he's going to play there.
Cody Almond is my personal odds on favorite to be our 4th line center. Mike Yeo is very aware of Almond's game, and used him in all situations in Houston last year, as his go-to forward. I would agree he did not look very good in his brief stint with the Wild last season, but I'd argue Richards never gave him an defined role in a pressure filled situation.
Other guys who could be in the mix are Warren Peters, simply because of his face-offs, though he's valuable for the Aeros for leadership. Carson McMillan and David McIntyre both also play simple games and understand center responsibilities. Casey Wellman(and to a lesser extent, Rau) is not really an ideal fit for a 4th line center role so I don't think he would be in consideration.