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Philip Broberg is a smart two-way defenceman with undeniable skill. His fluid skating ability allows him to punish over-extension immediately with how quickly he can start plays from his own end. What his impressive mobility tends to overshadow, though, is his positional play. While he doesn’t always make the high percentage play, he is very perceptive and thinks his decisions through.

On the fly, he pays close attention to where the puck’s going and where it’s been. This allows him to read the play early and make the most of any time and space found. All-in-all, Broberg could be the most complete defenceman in his draft class. He’s got elite mobility and hockey sense, and he doesn’t give up his own end.

AJ’s Thoughts

I’ve always been biased towards great skaters and there may not be a better skater on the back end in this draft than Broberg. He’s a creative playmaker who excels in transition and the speed he’s able to generate through the neutral zone consistently puts stress on opposing defenses.

The mobility is NHL-ready today but the rest of his game has a long way to go. He can create for others and his performance at U-18s was the best I’ve seen from him so there’s plenty of reason to believe he’s trending in the right direction. I like a lot of his play offensively and his shot should translate to the next level.

Defensively, boy I dunno. He has a long way to go in that end before I’d trust him with NHL minutes. I think he takes chances in search of offense and I don’t think he’s particularly effective with his size, which does standout. I’m not a fan of how hard he pushes the envelope offensively as he tends to make as many mistakes as positive plays. He’s a true high-wire act.


Avalanche Fit

I think he’s going somewhere between 4 and 16 so I haven’t spent much time thinking about Broberg’s fit in Colorado. I don’t think he’s going to available but if he gets to 16, he’d fit in very nicely on Colorado’s future blue line. His skating would be an immediate fit next to the Makar/Girard duo that’s going to take over the world in the next few years.

He’d have time to develop his game because Colorado’s blue line is pretty full at the NHL level and being a lefty would certainly help because Meloche and Timmins are their top D prospects and both are RHD. In a lot of ways, he’s a great fit and makes a lot of sense. His questionable defensive upside makes him more of a gamble though because another offense-first player on the defense isn’t really what Colorado should be after right now.

Taking Broberg would be a Nashville/Anaheim style of selection where Colorado has Broberg on top of their board at 16 and instead of finding reasons not to take him, the pull the trigger and worry about the consequences later. Tough to argue with that approach.


Ranked #8 by TSN/McKenzie

Ranked #5 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)

Ranked #17 Future Considerations


A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.

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