Finally, our favorite rookie is getting some much deserved national attention. The NHL announced their rookie all-team this morning, and along with the 3 Calder Finalists (and yes, Brodin SHOULD have been in the top 3), Jonas Brodin made the list alongside of some guy from the Oilers and Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues.
The press release from the NHL has this little gem in it
Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild
Selected 10th overall by the Wild in the 2011 NHL Draft, Brodin compiled 2-9--11 and a +3 rating in 45 games to help Minnesota clinch its first postseason berth since 2007-08. He led all rookies in total time on ice (1,044:35) and average time on ice (23:12), becoming just the eighth first-year skater in League history to average more than 23:00 per game. Brodin, 19, also recorded 18 takeaways (first among freshmen blueliners) and 60 blocked shots (fourth among all rookies) as the youngest defenseman in the NHL this season.
Keep in mind, he did this while BEING THE YOUNGEST DEFENSEMAN IN THE NHL. What the hell were you doing at the age of 19?!
Brodin finished as the highest defenseman in the Calder Trophy race, so it really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that he made the All-Star team. Although according to to a few NHL fans...Brodin shouldn't have been a lock.
(He finally sees the error of his ways!!)
Congrats to Brodin. I know we all look forward to seeing him continue to make fantastic plays that leave us short of breath for years to come.