VANCOUVER, BC - Talent. Size. Speed.
Those are the qualities Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland believes Philip Broberg possesses, and are the three reasons why the Swedish blueliner became a member of the Oilers organization at the eighth spot of the 2019 NHL Draft.
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Holland was on hand after Round 1 of the Draft concluded and said so himself.
"I like that he's talented," Holland said. "I like that he's 6-foot-3. I like that he can skate… We're excited to get a 6-foot-3, puck-moving, puck-transporting defenceman"
The NHL Draft is, of course, fraught with mystery as to who will be chosen when NHL management teams step up to the podium and this year's edition of the event was no different. Holland alluded to the seven clubs that chose ahead of the Oilers but maintained his desire to covet a future top-four hopeful.
"The seven teams ahead of you make your decisions and certainly, we had our lists," Holland said. "I thought that there was a lot of good players at the top part of the draft. We knew we were going to get a good player.
"We're excited to get Philip."
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Broberg characterized his game after getting into his new Oilers threads, also articulating what areas he wants to improve.
"I'm a two-way defender with good skating ability who likes to move the puck and skate it out as well," Broberg, who compiled two goals and nine points in 41 games with AIK of Allsvenskan.
"I'm a big sized defenceman as well but I still want to improve my first pass and be stronger in the corners and in front of the net."
But for now, the newest piece of the Oilers prospect pipeline is looking forward to enjoying the moment.
"I'm just going to take it all in and I'm just so happy to be an Oiler right now."