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Wild recall 2011 first-rounder Brodin, could make NHL debut Friday

Jan 24, 2013, 11:22 AM EST

Jonas Brodin

One of the most highly-touted prospects in the Wild organization is on his way to Minnesota.

On Thursday, the Wild announced they’ve recalled defenseman Jonas Brodin from AHL Houston, meaning the Swedish defenseman could make his NHL debut on Friday against Detroit.

Brodin, 19, was taken 10th overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and spent the last three years playing with Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League.

He was a standout for Team Sweden’s gold medal-winning side at the 2012 World Juniors and had four points in eight games with the Aeros this year, but missed significant time after suffering a broken collarbone on a Taylor Hall hit (while Hall was playing for Oklahoma City.)

According to Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Brodin’s availability for Friday’s game will depend partly on the health of defenseman Jared Spurgeon (foot).

The Wild also need to decide what to do with 2012 first-rounder Matt Dumba, who made the team out of training camp but has yet to appear in a game.

It’s possible they’ll re-assign him to WHL Red Deer, though he could still make the two-game road trip to Detroit and St. Louis as an emergency/injury replacement.

  1. nvandy42 - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    My guess is he takes Prosser’s spot on the 3rd pairing with Falk. But I don’t suspect he’ll be a 3rd pairing for the whole season. He’s shown a lot so far in limited action, so if he keeps it up his play will demand ice time.

    • lordfletcher - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Prosser needs to go. Brodin will be a top 4 pairing once he is up to speed, say after 10 games and then most likely Suter’s linemate for life (next 13 years :D) starting next season…. Stoner’s play has really been solid so far, has impressed / shocked me.

      Brodin was a head scratch to me at the draft last season, not a reach, just didn’t see the pick coming… I thought Fletcher was taking Bärtschi. Very glad they picked the Swede

      • spiciercheez - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        “Stoner’s play has really been solid so far, has impressed / shocked me.”

        That is exactly how I feel. It’s obviously early but it’s nice to see that it looks like Stoner has found his game. I hope he continues to impress/shock us!

      • nvandy42 - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        it’s just tough to decide who gets demoted to the 3rd pairing. Our top 4 has been pretty solid. Who do you guys think he would replace? Yeo loves Stoner, but I don’t see them moving Gilbert to the 3rd pair. And when Scandella comes back, there’s one more body they are gonna wanna plug in. D pairing could def be shaken up over the next few weeks.

      • lordfletcher - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Gilbert and Suter are a lock for the top 4. Guessing Spurgeon will still get to be on the top 4 and Brodin will make the top 4 once he is good to go. Stoner and Scandella are your bottom 6 in my eyes. Falk healthy scratch and Prosser will get sent down or cut, I forget if he is one way or two…. I was hoping Dumba would get a chance to play one or two game before he goes back to Red Deer because he can’t be any worse than Prosser. Dumba is learning the NHL way of life right now, glad he is with the team even if he isn’t playing.

  2. jessejames182 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I understand we are a prospect team but it’d be nice to not lose good players (and coaches) in Houston. It was crazy cool getting to see granlund live during the lockout, oh well as long as one of the clubs wins.

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