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One to watch: Minnesota rookie Jonas Brodin

Mar 20, 2013, 1:27 PM EST

Jonas Brodin Getty Images

Earlier today, we had a commenter complain about our lack of Minnesota Wild coverage. Apparently, the team is doing quite well. And did you know Marian Gaborik doesn’t play for them anymore? We were so focused on the Penguins and Flyers we didn’t even notice.

Indeed, save for the thousands of posts we wrote about Ryan Suter and Zack Parise signing with the Wild this summer, we’ve practically ignored Minnesota here on PHT.

So we’re going to throw all you Wild fans a bone by giving what the kids call a “shout out” to a player everyone should watch tonight when the first place team in the Northwest Division (Minnesota!) plays the Red Wings (on NBCSN!) in Detroit.

Jonas Brodin.

Brodin is Minnesota’s 19-year-old rookie defenseman from Sweden. The Wild drafted him 10th overall in 2011.

On Monday, Brodin played a whopping 27:19 in the Wild’s 3-1 victory in Vancouver. And just for good measure, he scored his second goal of the year on a sweet point shot.

As much attention as the Wild received for signing free agents Suter and Parise to big contracts, general manager Chuck Fletcher knows that drafting and developing is just as, if not more, important.

“In today’s day and age you have to develop your own talent,” said Fletcher, per NHL.com. “It’s just too hard to find top talent. I mean, we were fortunate to sign Parise and Suter, but you can’t expect to go into the market and get the top players every summer; it just doesn’t work that way — so you really have to draft well and you have to develop your own talent. In a salary-cap system you have to make sure you have good young players that can contribute playing every year. It’s just a necessity in the salary cap world.”

For more on Brodin, the Star Tribune did a story on him recently.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have to see if Sidney Crosby said anything.

  1. lordfletcher - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    He has a great chance to win the Calder, as long as his points per game production doesn’t hurt him. I know a lot of these trophies are gifted due to goals / offensive related but Brodin truly has been amazing.

    Top pairing dman, not out of place with Suter, and to his credit has got Suter back to his all star performance and its only 19. Amazing skater and positional player, his offensive game is starting to take form

    Suter is the wilds best player, Brodin is the future.

    • lordfletcher - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I sure hope if anyone was doubting (cough – murtdurt) what I said about Brodin and the Calder was watching tonight’s game on NBC

      He is the real F’n deal and everyone on NBC is having a massive bro’ner over him.

      Brodin, as sweet as Bacon!

  2. lordfletcher - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I meant, he’s 19 years old. Sorry.

    also was a tad shocked on THN prospect list last month he was only #22 or 25, which ever…. he is climbing that list now. Wilds best prospect

  3. nvandy42 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    While I’m a little embarrassed for Wild fans having someone complain about lack of coverage after 2 stories on the Wild today, I do love more Wild news….. So I’m just gonna let it go. :)

    and props to PHT for reading the comments and giving the fans what they want!! even if they did cry to get it. lol. Awesome.

  4. ad0330 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Almost pooped my pants seeing a article about the wild. So use to reading only about how awesome the penguins are.

  5. mp1131211 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    This is BS. You didn’t evens mention that the Wild are the greatest team in the NHL. Whatever, PHT, whatever….

  6. elvispocomo - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Haha! Good one, Brough.

  7. radio854321 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Thanks nbc sports…you can talk about Crosby and the Flyers for a few now

  8. murtdurt - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Fletcher take the rose colored glasses off. Brodin, although a player with a ton of potential will not even be nominated for the Calder sorry pal. You obviously haven’t seen what Huberdeau, Conacher or Gallagher have been doing this season

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Oh sorry nobody must have ever heard of him since he plays in Minnesota and not Los Angeles, Boston, or New York

    • lordfletcher - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Brodin has more then potential, he has star abilities and its on display every other night. We have all seen what the others have done and are doing but its apples to oranges. Brodin on defense is hard to compare to centers / wingers.

      what I can tell you is that off all 4 mentioned in your comment, Brodin is the one I’d most want to have if I was a GM. 19 that plays top 2 role / minutes / shut down – puck moving d. This is a goals scored game, Brodin helps the wild get them (more now than before) and keep em off the score sheet.

  9. ottermayhem123 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    would expect someone who doesn’t pay attention to the Wild to dog on Brodin and say he wouldn’t be considered for the Calder, any team or Player outside of the East is garbage……..GO WILD!

  10. lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I lol’d. Well played, Brough.

  11. purpleguy - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    For this article to have ahad any commentary traffic, it should have compared our rookie D-man to someone from Pittsburg, NY or Philly .

  12. malkinrulez - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Yawn

  13. profsudz - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    He and Suter have been lights out, and I look forward to watching them become the most dominant D pairing in the NHL over the next handful of years

  14. hagigun - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Just wait, tonight with Pierre in between the benches, here is what will be said.

    “Jonas Brodin, the smooth skating Swede. He along with Dougie Hamilton of the Boston Bruins are two of the top young defenders in the game.”

    The guy can not say anything nice about Brodin without bringing up Dougie Hamilton.

    For non Wild fans, Brodin will not jump off the screen to you. But if you watch his play in the defensive zone, retrieving pucks, breaking out…you can’t help but be impressed by his composure. The kid looks so poised back there it almost looks like Lidstrom. This kid is not in Lidstrom’s class at this point, but he has that same cool demeanor when the pressure seems to ramp up. He’s a slick skater and is now starting to get pucks on net. Low and behold they are going in. Once he learns to shoot more, the points will come in bunches. I can’t wait until he fills his frame out in a few years.

    And PHT, you do a great job covering the league. I get plenty of Wild news here. I guess i don’t notice an east coast bias at all. I would like to see more on the Jackets and the job Todd Richards has been doing. Hats off to that team, the coaches, players, etc. Most are unaware they have been riddled with key injuries all season and still winning. They lost a bunch of close hard fought games to start the year or they would be even higher in the standings. Now that they have BOB on nets, it’s looking real good. Way to go Jackets, I’m pulling for you to keep it up. The fans and entire organization deserve better and this season they are delivering hope.

  15. slickvb82 - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Love everything about this article. The opening, the video and most importantly, the recognition of this kid. He is simply amazing, and at the age of 19….I mean, think about that. His pose with the puck, decision making, speed, size, this kid has it all and will be a top defenseman in the league.

    It does help playing with Suter, but everyone, please enjoy watching this kid grow!

    GO WILD!!!

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