There is a ton of young talent in the National Hockey League nowadays. How much?
Too much to count, to be exact.
With all of that young talent present, many serve as fantasy hockey sleepers each and every season. It’s exciting to watch some of these younger guys and track there progression over the course of their career. Will they live up to the vast amount of hype that surrounds them since being drafted? Or will they end up as major busts? It still remains to be seen, but there is one player among many that I am very intrigued by.
During his first season in the big leagues last year, Brodin played a solid 45 games. He scored two goals and added nine assists for a total of 11 points. Yes, I am in fact very good at math. Anyway, there weren’t any mind-blowing numbers from the 20-year old blueliner, but when watching him play, you know this kid has “it.” An incredibly smooth-skater, Brodin can cover a lot of ground, and with that speed, he also has a nice offensive touch to his game, which is required when being paired with a guy like Ryan Suter. Ah, yes. One of the most appealing aspects of Brodin’s immediate fantasy value is the talent around him. Via Pete Jensen of NHL.com, nearly 75 percent of Brodin’s ice time last season was alongside Suter. Last season, Suter finished second among all defensemen in assists (28), and while he isn’t much of a goal-scorer, he will easily help Brodin produce more points and a better plus/minus. And surprisingly enough, Brodin finished second among all Wild skaters (and 43rd among all defensemen) in ice time… as a rookie. The volume is there, and considering he will see an even more expanded role in the first 82-game season in his career. A team with boatloads of talent on their first line, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if Brodin eclipsed 40 points this season.
There’s only been a short sample, but Brodin is set to post career numbers in 2013.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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