ST. PAUL, Minn. As he skated by the Minnesota Wild bench, in the typical fashion following a goal, Jonas Brodin got a few fist bumps, per usual, but also got some taps on the top of his head from his excited teammates.
Minnesota's veterans were happy for the 19-year-old rookie scoring his first NHL goal.
Brodin has been as steady as they come on the defensive end in his rookie season, playing well beyond his years as the youngest current defenseman in the NHL. He's paired with Ryan Suter to give the Wild a top-notch, shutdown defensive pairing and showed the unique skill, skating and smarts that made him the 10th-overall pick by Minnesota in the 2011 draft.
Finally, in his 23rd NHL game, Brodin has his first goal.
"About time," Suter joked. "He has a good shot."
Brodin has the puck-moving skills to contribute offensively and his wrist shot that beat Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov Thursday showed a glimpse of possible future scoring touch, but Brodin's biggest impact is on the ...