NHL Prospect Profile: Philip Broberg

– Philip Broberg –

AIK J20 (SuperElit) | Left Defence | 2019 NHL Draft Eligible

Örebro, Sweden | June 25, 2001 | 6-foot-3, 198-pounds

Philip Broberg is a menacing two-way defenceman who is next to impossible to play against in all three zones of the ice. He has tremendous size and strength, and yet he skates like the wind, blowing past his opponents in a rush with the puck. Broberg added six goals and 13 points in 23 games as a 16-year-old in the U20 SuperElit league last year.

He raised his draft stock immensely at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, wowing the crowd and scouts alike with impressive play at both ends of the ice, including three goals in five games. Broberg rocketed up the rankings and is now considered one of the top defencemen for the 2019 NHL Draft. The Hamilton Bulldogs own his CHL rights after selecting him 54th overall at the 2018 CHL Import Draft.

Strengths:

  • Skating
  • Offensive Mindset
  • Size and Strength

Philip Broberg is a towering defender, standing at 6-foot-3 already, he imposes his will on opponents all over the ice. He skates exceptionally well for a 17-year-old of his size, showcasing an ability to rush the puck from goal-line to goal-line. He has a tremendous shot and the knowledge of when to utilize a simple wrist shot from the point through traffic to create scoring chances, or when to unleash a booming slap shot.

In the defensive zone, Broberg has a strong lower-body which he imposes onto opponents to separate the puck. He also has a long reach with his stick and can use it for effective poke checks or to eliminate passing lanes. Physically, he will eliminate opponents along the wall with strong checks and rub outs.

Weaknesses:

  • Hockey Sense

In order to truly establish himself as an elite defensive prospect and separate himself from the pack, Broberg will need to improve upon his hockey sense. At this time, his sense is strong offensively, showing an understanding of when to move the puck up ice with a pass and when it is safe to rush the puck himself.

However, defensively, Broberg can be found chasing the puck and leaving himself out of position at times. If he can evolve to play a calm and composed defensive game along with his aggressive offensive style, Broberg should be one of the top defencemen at next year’s draft.

Future Potential:

At this time, Broberg projects to be a top-pairing defencemen at the NHL level. He has showcased an elite ability to chip in offensively along with an effective skating ability. Comparables include John Klingberg and Ivan Provorov. Heading into the 2018-19 season, Broberg forecasts to be a Top-10 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft, and one of the first defencemen chosen.

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