By: Erin Walsh
There have been reports that the Boston Bruins are looking to acquire Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin. Minnesota is also willing to deal Brodin before the expansion draft because they probably will not be able to protect him. The Wild would rather get something for him than have Vegas take him. Brodin weighs in at 6’1, 193 lbs; he could easily be a great addition to the Bruins blue line. He is also only 23 years old and has plenty of time to grow his game even more. Brodin has the left-handed shot that the Bruins desperately need on the blue line, so it makes sense that the Bruins are looking into a possible trade for the young blueliner.
Some background on Brodin:
Jonas Brodin was born July 12, 1993 in Karlstad, Sweden. He was drafted 10th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Brodin made his NHL debut when he was just 19 years old and ended up recording his first NHL point in that appearance, an assist. During the 2016-17 NHL season, Brodin scored 3 goals and recorded 22 assists for 25 points. He was a +5 last season and he is only expected to get better as his career in the NHL goes on. Brodin is being paid an average of about 4.1 million dollars until 2021.
Brodin is a defensive defenseman that could easily slot into the Bruins top-4 defense pairing. This would be a GREAT pickup for the Boston Bruins. The B’s would get a defensive defenseman who could play 20+ minutes a night, help on the penalty kill, and help guys like Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo grow as players. You can also think of it like this, Zdeno Chara only has one year left on his contract. Now if Chara retires after the 2017-18 season, Brodin will be able to slot in and play the minutes that Chara does, if not more minutes.
Now the Bruins would have to make it work with the amount of cap space they have. Colin Miller, Kevan Miller, or Adam McQuaid will probably get picked in the expansion draft but that won’t create enough cap space for Brodin because the Bruins still have yet to sign David Pastrnak to a new contract, and you know they will sign him. In a trade for Brodin the Bruins will probably have to give up their 2018 first round pick(18th overall) and Ryan Spooner, or a similar player to Spooner. If that is the case then the Bruins should go for it. The 2018 draft class is weak and the Bruins seem to be looking to part ways with Ryan Spooner.
Another way the B’s could make this work is if they included Colin Miller in a trade for Brodin(Mentioned by @Bruins_Fn88 on Twitter). That way they could possibly protect Brodin from being picked in the Expansion Draft. Even if they end up doing this, I think it would be a good move by Bruins GM Don Sweeney. The B’s would be acquiring defensive help while giving up an offensive defenseman who really doesn’t have that much of a place in the system right now. The B’s already have offensive help on their blue line from guys like Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug.
All in all, if it’s between must or bust for Jonas Brodin, I say he is a must for the B’s blue line. He will help solidify the D-core and will be able to play top minutes for the Bruins. If Don Sweeney can pull this off, I think we’ll see a huge improvement in the B’s blue line in the 2017-18 season.
What do you think? Should the Bruins acquire Brodin, or pass on him?