After being snubbed as a finalist for the Calder Trophy, Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin
has been named to the National Hockey League All-Rookie Team. The 19-year-old becomes the first Wild player to be honored with an All-NHL nomination.
The Karlstad, Sweden native made a big splash on the blue line with the Wild, as he led all first-year players in time on ice (23:12). Brodin was only the eighth player in League history to average more than 23 minutes per game in his inaugural season. He also posted three goals and nine assists while skating with a plus-3 rating.
The youngest freshman in the League, Brodin recorded 18 takeaways (first among first-year blueliners) and 60 blocked shots (fourth among all rookies).
"He's well deserving. He probably exceeded everyones expectations as a 19-year-old defenseman transitioning to the NHL, which is very hard to do," Wild Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr said. "We're excited to have him part of the organization for a long time."
The smooth-skating blueliner was selected by Minnesota in the first round (10th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He finished fourth in voting for the Calder Trophy, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association and awarded to the League’s top rookie.
"I don't think anyone of us would've stated that he would've come in as a 19-year-old and make that big of an impact, but we're glad he did," Flahr added.
Forwards Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens, Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and Brandon Saad of the Chicago Blackhawks, goaltender Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues and defenseman Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers were also selected to the team.