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Looking ahead to the 2019 Draft: Philip Broberg

The defenseman played a big role to help Sweden win the World U18 Hockey Championship

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - With the 2019 NHL Draft approaching, here are some options which could be of interest to the Canadiens, who hold the 15th pick in the first round. Today: defenseman Philip Broberg.

Player profile

Date of birth: June 25, 2001
Birthplace: Orebro, Sweden
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 199 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Position: Defenseman
Midseason ranking, European skaters: 3
Final ranking, European skaters: 5

Stats

Season Team League Games played Goals Assists Points +/-
2018-19 Sweden WJC-18 7 2 4 6 +2
2018-19 Sweden WJC-20 4 0 1 1 +2
2018-19 AIK Allsvenskan 41 2 7 9 -1
2017-18 AIK 20 SuperElit 23 6 7 13 +5

At 17 years old, broberg was the youngest player to suit up for AIK in the Swedish second division.

The Orebro native was a standout for Sweden at the most recent World Under-18 Hockey Championship, finishing second in points among defensemen with two goals and six points.

Watch: Youtube Video

His performance earned him a selection on the tournament All-Star team. The last time a Swedish defenseman earned such a nod was in 2009-10, when Adam Larsson was selected for the honor.

With his imposing frame, Broberg takes a page from fellow Swede Victor Hedman's game. Hedman was also named to the WJC-18 All-Star team on two occasions.

Tweet from @eliteprospects: Coast-to-coast goal by AIK prospect Philip Broberg for Sweden against Russia.https://t.co/730yTBWqpx#U18Worlds #AIK #2019NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/KkDpVXs24j

Expert opinion

"An offensive-minded left-handed shot who got great experience as the seventh defenseman for Sweden at the 2019 World Junior Championship. The 17-year-old (6-3, 199) moves very well for his size, has good vision, controls the game in all zones and has a great shot." -Mike G. Morreale, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

"The left-shot defenseman is an elite skater who has shown he can more than hold his own against older, more developed competition in the Swedish Hockey League. He projects to be a top-four defensemen, maybe as soon as 2020-21. For a Panthers team stocked with young forwards, a top-end puck-moving defenseman like Broberg is the perfect fit." -Adam Kimelman, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

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