When the Wild drafted Jonas Brodin in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Minnesota’s brass believed they were picking up a defenseman of the future. Well, that future is turning out to be right now, as Brodin made his debut on Thursday on the road against the Detroit Red Wings. Only two games into his NHL career, Brodin will join Ryan Suter as the Wild’s top pair on the blue line tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In his first two games, Brodin hasn’t looked like a rookie, making excellent decisions with the puck and playing solid in his own end.
Suter talked to WildTV about how he’s been disappointed in his start and believes mixing the blue line pairings up will be a good thing to get going. He talked about Brodin’s patience with the puck and said, “You couldn’t tell he’s a rookie by watching him.”
With Brodin joining Suter, Tom Gilbert and Clayton Stoner will be paired up again and Justin Falk will be alongside Marco Scandella. Jared Spurgeon is still out with a lower body injury and didn’t skate this morning.
WildTV also caught Head Coach Mike Yeo speaking to the media this morning and spoke with rookie Mikael Granlund, which will be posted shortly.
Niklas Backstrom is expected to get the nod in net and played in all four contests against Columbus last season, going 2-2-0 with a 2.26 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.
The Blue Jackets skated at home last night, a 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars, and were scheduled to leave Columbus after the game. However, due to weather, the team was unable to leave Ohio last night and arrived in the State of Hockey earlier today.