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.
|Date of birth: June 25, 2001
Birthplace: Orebro, Sweden
Weight: 199 lbs.
Midseason ranking, European skaters: 3
Final ranking, European skaters: 5
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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.
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.
“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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