Brodin is Ryan Suter's defensive partner, playing the 2nd most ES ice time per game amongst any Wild defenseman. In addition, he leads all rookies in ES ice time. At this point, even with limited powerplay time, he is the Wild's consistent #3 defenseman as a 19-year old. Sky is the limit for this defenseman.
Projection: #1 two-way defenseman; already the Wild's #3 defenseman
Mikael Granlund C Minnesota Wild NHL
Struggling slightly to adjust to the North American style of game, Granlund saw 4th line minutes last game compared to his usual 2nd line center position. He still has 6 points in 14 games and quite good in faceoffs. He is getting better and better after each game, it won't be long till he is fully accustomed to the NHL.
Projection: #1 centerman; showing flashes of top offensive talent
Drew Shore C Florida Panthers NHL
Shore is part of the Huberdeau-Mueller line, arguably the most dangerous line that Panthers have as they lead the team with goals scored. Shore isn't the quickest skater but he plays hard, great along the boards, and has a long reach. He manages to win many puck battles, and is starting to show some offensive chemistry with the line.
Projection: Top six centerman; strong sign of already being a talented #3 centerman
John Moore D Columbus Blue Jackets NHL
The top four defensemen are pretty much set in Columbus so Moore continues to battle with Aucoin, Savard, and Goloubef for the #5-#6 spot. Moore is a regular NHLer for the team but will sometimes seem #6 time as opposed to #5. He is a good skating defenseman that is still learning how to play to his strengths: mobility and quickness.
Projection: Top four two-way defenseman; already a solid depth defenseman with upside
Jamie Oleksiak D Texas Stars AHL
Oleksiak had a six game stint in the NHL to just get a taste of what it is like but did not look entirely out of place either. Great reach, great at tying players along the boards, and good mobility for his size. Surprising with a decent offensive output in the NHL. There is still consistency work to be done, but he has alot of impressive tools.
Projection: Top defensive defenseman; a good bet to be at least a #5-#6 but current AHL play promises more
Matt Hackett G Houston Aeros AHL
When Backstrom and Harding went down, the Wild decided to call-up Kuemper instead of Hackett. That however should not downplay Hacketts game as it would be hard to beat the hottest AHL goalie at that time. He continues to be the Aeros #1 guy as Kuemper takes a taste of NHL action.
Projection: #1A Goaltender; star potential is in doubt but showings in the NHL and AHL give good hope that he'll at least be a NHL starter in some capacity
Linden Vey C Manchester Monarchs AHL
Vey centers the Monarch's top line with Toffoli and Pearson, and is looking to round off his game and create some consistency. Unfortunately for Vey, the Kings have yet to experience an injury that would open up space for Vey, but he is in line for one of their first call-up options
Projection: Top nine centerman; strong performance in AHL but no NHL experience so might have some notable risk