In the week leading up to the NHL Draft, we will take a look at a handful of players that may be available at the 16th position for the Buffalo Sabres. The first look comes at defenseman Jonas Brodin.
Plays - Defense
Age - 18
Birthdate - July 12, 1993
Hometown - Karlstad, Sweden
Shoots - Left
Height - 6' 1"
Weight - 169 lbs
Brodin was ranked by NHL's Central Scouting as the 3rd best European skater behind top five pick Adam Larsson and Mika Zibanejad. While most feel that Brodin will be picked in the 20-30 range, there are a handful of mock drafts out there that has Brodin as far up as 16.
Brodin is a solid defenseman that does not have much of a scoring touch. In 42 regular season games with Farjestad, Jonas only had 4 assists. He added two goals in 14 playoff games as he was apart of the SEL championship winning team.
What Others Are Saying
Brodin won't strike you as an overly dynamic defenseman and is the type of player you don't really notice on the ice, which says a lot about how smart he is with the puck. A strong skater, Brodin has good lateral ability and can buy himself the time he needs to find a passing lane. He makes good decisions with the puck and uses outlets well; instead of just hammering the puck out of the glass, and doesn't get caught in flux very often.
International Scouting Services
Brodin is a very intelligent and poised defender who does his job effectively but has showcased potential for so much more. He is a coach's dream and can and will eat major minutes at the next level in every situation.
"He's a great skater and puck mover," said MacDonald. "He's a very steady, smart player that's not a real big guy, but he's skilled and smart."
"He's a very smooth-skating defenseman with great agility," said Karmanos. "He's similar in a lot of ways to Nathan Beaulieu, although Brodin played against men all year. Even with that slight frame, he was able to play a significant role at the elite level, and that's impressive."