At 19, Jonas Brodin
burst onto the scene with the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 as the youngest defensemen in the National Hockey League and was named to the All-Rookie Team. Now, the blueliner will be in a Minnesota sweater through the 2020-21 season, as the Wild has signed him to a six-year contract extension.
“We are very excited to get Jonas Brodin signed through the 2020-21 season,” said Fletcher. “He is one of the premier young defensemen in the NHL and has played a huge role on our team since entering the league as a 19-year-old. We’re confident that his game will continue to evolve in all areas and he will be a valuable part of our core for years to come.”
Now 21, he has recorded an assist and a plus-5 rating in two games this season while averaging 22:25 in TOI/game. The 6-foot-1, 194-pound defenseman owns 31 points (10-21=31) and a plus-8 rating in 126 career regular season NHL contests with Minnesota. He has two assists and an even rating in 18 playoff games. Brodin set career highs in games played (79), goals (8), assists (11), points (19), penalty minutes (22), power-play goals (3), shots (74), blocked shots (117), hits (33) and TOI/game (23:54) last season. He ranked second on the team in blocked shots and T-27th in NHL in TOI/game skating more than 25 minutes 34 times.
During his rookie campaign, the Karlstad, Sweden native led all first year players in TOI/game (23:12), 1:38 more than any other rookie and was named to the 2013 NHL All-Rookie Team. He finished fourth in the Calder Memorial Trophy voting, first amongst rookie defensemen. Brodin ranked fourth amongst rookies in blocked shots (60), led rookie blueliners in takeaways (18) and ranked 37th in the NHL in TOI/game. He was selected by Minnesota in the first round (10th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.