Jonas Brodin, 2011 Draft X Factor

Many people are talking and raving about the skill-set of Adam Larsson, the hulking defenseman who has been somewhat compared to Nicklas Lidstrom (although comparing anyone to Nicklas is out-of-range IMO). And Larsson is a great defenseman, and should make an impact right away in the NHL. And you can get it from me, as I've watched him for the past 2 years in Skelleftea. And we've all heard and seen C Mika Zibanejad shoot up everybody's mock draft, and for due so. He's a slick playmaker with real potential in developing into a Henrik Zetterberg type of player.

Yet I am shocked nobody is talking about the third player in Sweden likely to get drafted in the first round on June 24th. He's another defenseman, out of the SEL champion Farjestad. He's not as tall or big as Adam Larsson, but I think his ceiling could be even greater than that of Larsson. His name is Jonas Brodin.

Unfortunately, I had to watch Jonas move up and down the ice, beating Skelleftea players to the punch andleading his team to the championship. He's a smooth skater first. He's accurate on his first pass, and has great vision of the ice. He's somehow always on the ice when Farjestad scores, but that's because he leads his team on the ice. And although his shot on the PP is not the hardest, it is without doubt the most accurate. We can all talk about how Larsson is great anda one-of-a-kind, but Brodin will be up there andI bet many teams will want to take him withtheir first-round pick.

If it stands now, Ottawa has the 6th and 21st picks. 6th may be areach, but I am more than convinced that Bryan Murray will be looking to trade up with the 21st pick. And if he can, I bet Brodin may be a target. In a local newspaper before Game 5 of the Elitserien Finals, a reporter stated that there were several NHL scouts in attendance in Game 4, including Ottawa scouts. You wonder if they weren't watching only David Rundblad and Adam Larsson, but also Brodin.

Now, only if the Preds lose in the 2nd round :)

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