"Jonas has a lot of maturity for a player his age, and we had total confidence in him on the ice. He doesn't panic under pressure, and that's the biggest thing for a young defenseman. There's little doubt that he has what it takes to be a good player anywhere, including the NHL." -- Vienna Capitals coach Tommy Samuelsson
Every successful NHL team has a few defensemen that may never put up gaudy point totals but who are mobile puck movers and are reliable in their own end of the ice. Seventeen-year-old Färjestads BK defenseman
Ranked third by Central Scouting among European team affiliated prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft, the teenager is actually ahead of the curve in terms of his decision-making with and without the puck. That is why the Karlstad, Sweden native is already a regular on the team that won the championship of Elitserien, the Swedish Elite League and is projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick.
Talk to any NHL scout who watched Brodin play this past season or to any NHL team official who met him at the annual Draft Combine and they inevitably use the adjectives "mature" and "level-headed" to describe the youngster.