NHL draft profile: Jonas Brodin
June, 17, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series on top prospects for the 2011 NHL draft looks at defenseman Jonas Brodin, who played in the Swedish Elite League this past season.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Jonas Brodin. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: July 12, 1993/Karlstad, Sweden
Height/Weight: 6-1/169 pounds
2010-11 Team: Farjestad (Sweden)
|NHL Central Scouting||3rd (European skaters)|
|Red Line Report||26th overall|
|International Scouting Services||20th overall|
|The Hockey News||22nd overall|
|Played in the Swedish Elite League, registering 4 assists and a plus-6 rating in 42 games for Farjestad. Scored 2 goals in 14 playoff games as Farjestad won the league championship. Picked up 1 assist in 4 games as Sweden took the silver medal at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship|
|Played at various levels of Swedish hockey in 2009-10, including 3 games in the Swedish Elite League. Had 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) as Sweden took the bronze medal at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Skating. Hockey sense. Puck skills.
Negatives: Physical maturity.
Link: ESPN.com Jonas Brodin Profile
|"Very complete two-way defenceman who can influence any game at either end. Defensively aware and intelligent. Plays crisp and error free in his own end. Calm against the rush and keeps his shoulders square to puckhandlers. Very good gap control. Has the smarts to read the attack and identify developing plays. ... Moves the puck swiftly and efficiently out of the zone. ... Will take the body but is not a tough or punishing presence - more a cerebral player who relies on mobility and strong positional play defensively, using his reach to break up passes and strip puck carriers." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
"Perhaps one of the best skaters in the entire draft, Brodin is a very intelligent and poised defender who does his job effectively but has showcased potential for so much more. ... His ability to deny space is incredible and all the more impressive is that he does it with little to no physical play whatsoever. He is excellent at retrieving pucks and using his skating ability to create room and calm the play down or to execute quick counterattacks and transitional rushes. His offensive skill has really yet to come out but it is obvious that there is an abundance of potential." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"He's not an overly physical defender, but he plays smart." - A scout, quoted in The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.