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Wild’s Brodin suffers ‘gruesome’ broken cheekbone, out indefinitely

Oct 23, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

The Minnesota Wild got some tough news on the health of defenseman Jonas Brodin after he was struck in the face by a puck on Tuesday night against Nashville.

Brodin suffered a broken cheekbone and is out indefinitely, the club announced on Wednesday.

“It was gruesome to watch,” Wild head coach Mike Yeo told the team website. “It’s disappointing.”

The 20-year-old rearguard left last night’s contest and didn’t return after this:

Widely believed to be a Calder Trophy snub a year ago (after scoring 11 points and averaging 23 minutes a game), Brodin’s sophomore campaign was off to a tremendous start. He had 3G-3A through his first 10 games — leading all Wild defensemen in scoring — and was again averaging over 23 minutes per night.

Minnesota will insert Nate Prosser into the lineup with Brodin gone. As for a timetable for the Swedish defenseman, the Wild said they hope to have a better idea by Thursday.

  1. purpleguy - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Actually, a broken cheekbone is better than a broken jaw, and assuming there is no concussion (and he wears a cage), he may not miss that much time. Could have been worse.

  2. 950003cups - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Bad for my fantasy team. I picked him up via FA and he’s been producing better than top name forwards in fantasy points. He must be one dynamic kid.

    • guitarhunterdude - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      He’s a phenomenal skater. He fell to #9 or 10 (can’t remember which) in 2011 because he’s skinny, doesn’t have a ton of power on his slapshot and had “limited offensive upside.” He was amazing defensively last year, and he’s continued that this year while showing an ability to make great breakout passes. He has also started to jump into the play quite a bit on offense. His wrister is surprisingly quick, and he’s been able to sneak up into the slot on the powerplay very well. He’s playing a bit over his head right now (unsustainable shooting percentage), but I wouldn’t be surprised by a 30-point season if he’s not out for long. He’s pretty much as big a part of the Wild as Suter, and I think he’ll be the #1 guy in 2-4 years. Easily the best defenseman in the 2011 draft so far.

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