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Mike Yeo and much of Internet disappointed about Brodin’s Calder snub

May 6, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

The biggest story about today’s announcement of the 2013 Calder Trophy nominees — Jonathan Huberdeau, Brandon Saad and Brendan Gallagher — wasn’t about the nominees.

It was about the snubs.

One snub in particular.

Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin failed to crack the top three (of note, the Professional Hockey Writers Association does the voting; 178 members cast votes this year), and that’s caused a lot of conversation.

Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports that Wild head coach Mike Yeo was “very disappointed” with the decision, a feeling that resonated throughout Twitter:


Brodin led all rookies in average ice time per game (23:12) and finished with 2G-9A-11PTS in 45 games. He also finished fourth among all first-year blueliners with 60 blocked shots, and led all with 18 takeaways.

For an interesting take on Brodin’s year, here’s Sports Illustrated’s Allan Muir:

He led all rookies in average ice time per game (23:12) while playing alongside Norris Trophy candidate Ryan Suter, which means that he routinely skated against the opposition’s top scorers.

While that should have sealed the deal, it’s possible that partnering worked against Brodin. It’s easy to imagine voters who don’t often see the Wild assuming that the veteran carried the kid.

But it was almost the opposite — Brodin’s arrival from the AHL helped put Suter’s season back on track and the duo worked as equally as Suter used to with old pal Shea Weber.

Should be noted that Brodin currently leads all rookies in postseason ice time as well, averaging a whopping 28:54 through the first three games of the Western Conference quarterfinal.

  1. lordfletcher - May 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Sad that this league is now 100% goal driven.

    Brodin simply is the best rookie in the league

    • pdmjr - May 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      No Saad is by far,

  2. wingz101 - May 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    I have to agree that this is hard to understand. Nothing against those other guys, but Brodin looked like a vet from day one. In the games I saw against Detroit, he was as good as Suter.

  3. esracerx46 - May 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I don’t want to take anything away from Brodin. But, I’d like to challenge everyone that says he deserves a Calder nomination and ask two qualifying question. Without looking it up, whats his number and is he a left or right handed shot? If you know, then you have watched him enough to have an opinion.

    • profsudz - May 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      So your argument is that all of the sports writers who vote only watch the hawks and wings in the west, and therefore he shouldn’t be nominated?

      Makes sense

    • tfaltin - May 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      This is exactly the problem. Because Brodin isn’t flashy, he is not picked up out of a crowd. The kid just makes solid plays in all areas of the ice. When he performs well, all the critics talk about what a great impact Suter has on the wild. He’s not a showboat like Yakupov, doesn’t skate with Hossa and Toews as Saad does, isn’t a spunky player in the League’s most historic franchise like Gallagher, and didn’t send Bryzgalov looking to the stars in a penalty shot like Huberdeau. He’s just solid, eats ice time, and goes unnoticed like so many good defensemen do. If you’re not laying big hits, or have an offensive flair, the only time you’re mentioned as a d-man is when you’re getting burned.

      • tfaltin - May 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Oh, and so I meet your high and mighty critera, 25, Left.

      • esracerx46 - May 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        Yep. You’ve watched him enough that you’re able to have an informed opinion. That’s all I was getting at. But like you said. He isn’t flashy, and makes solid plays. That’s great but shouldn’t the rookie of the year be both solid and make flashy plays?

  4. timsabourin - May 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    you mad Brodin?

  5. 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Last time someone won the Calder on the qualifications of being a genuinely well-rounded, high-level defenseman, it was Barrett Jackman. Since then, the voting committee has swung heavily in the direction of flashy players who make exciting highlight-reel plays. I don’t know if Brodin’s who I’d pick for the win (I still like Gallagher for his combination of physical grit and two-way skill), but he definitely deserved shortlisting at the very least. None of the top three candidates were played extensively against their opponents’ top players.

  6. pdmjr - May 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    There can be only 3 finalists, the other guys are deemed better. Someone is always left out of any voting by the writers. Minnesota not very good or maybe he would have made it.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Minnesota just isn’t that good, by that logic Huberdeau shouldn’t be nominated since he plays on the worst team in the NHL this year.

      • prideonice - May 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Thank you for pointing that out, however blatantly obvious it is to anyone who follows hockey…

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        pride, that was more of a shot at the smart guy above who said Brodin would have been nominated had the Wild been good this year.

      • prideonice - May 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Mine too, haha. I continue to be amazed at the logic some people employ around here.

  7. gooterbaby - May 6, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Im just glad he is going to be on the Minnesota Wild blue line for years to come. This gives me a lot of hope that Dumba can come in the next few years and make a big impact like Brodin.

  8. yanks33 - May 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I don’t like the kid but Yakupov should of been a finalist of Saad…I don’t really have an argument for Brodin, i could care less that he’s not a finalist

    • lordfletcher - May 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      You don’t have an argument because you don’t pay attention. Keep put in your bubble if you think yakupov deserves anything over these 3 and Brodin… unreal!

      • prideonice - May 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        I doubt you care less about Brodin being a finalist than anyone here cares about your post…

  9. juice1818 - May 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Someone call the cops, because Brodin just got robbed!!!

  10. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Take heart Jonas…

    Howie Meeker won the Calder in a year when he beat out Gordie Howe…we all know where Gordie went!

    Don’t sell Howie short, a bit of a war hero, he proved to be a solid player who scored twenty seven in his rookie campaign…

    Five of those came in a single game against….ahem, the Black Hawks!

  11. letsgopens8771 - May 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Brodin is a good player, but there is just way too much talent between Huberdeau, Saad, and Gallagher, and don’t forget, Cory Conacher, Beau Bennett, and especially Nail Yakupov got snubbed as well. I think it’s going to be Gallagher.

    • lordfletcher - May 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      How many shifts have you seen Brodin play this year compared to highlights of those you mentioned scoring a few goals.

      I bet you anything each GM that has the rights to each player you mentioned would trade them instantly for Brodin.

  12. pone27 - May 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    All 4 of these guys deserve a nomination. There is always a snub, too bad it went to Brodin.

    The whole Saad shouldn’t because he played with Toews and Hossa is BS. Clearly you haven’t watched this kid. He has speed, aggressiveness, a great shot and awesome vision. Hate to say it, but if Saad plays with those 2,then what about Brodin playing with Suter?? That debate washes out.

    My call has been my prediction since the season started. Huberdeau earned it. Kid is stuck in Florida and put up awesome numbers for a rookie. He will be a great player for years to come.

    • lordfletcher - May 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      I agree that people shouldn’t be blaming saad for playing on a top line but the main difference is that Brodin got suter playing like a Norris winner. Hypothetical, if towes and Hossa sucked for the first 10 games and saad personally got them going, by all means should he be crowned.

      can anyone point out another stud young dman in this league other than OEL. Brodinis 19 folks and a top2 dman for the rest of his career that is pairing a unit that has shut down towes and Hossa in the first 3 games. What else needs to be said?

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