After being struck in the face by a puck Tuesday night against Nashville, the Minnesota Wild got bad news about their defenseman Jonas Brodin.
The club announced on Wednesday that Brodin suffered a broken cheekbone and will be out indefinitely. Wild head coach Mike Yeo told the team website, “It was gruesome to watch, it’s disappointing.” The 20 year old left the contest and did not return after the injury. After scoring 11 points and averaging 23 minutes per game a year ago, it is widely believed Brodin was snubbed for the Calder Trophy. This being his sophomore year, he was off to an amazing start.
Through his first 10 games he had 3 goals and 3 assists, leading the Wild defenseman in scoring and was also averaging 23 minutes per game. Nate Prosser will be inserted into the Minnesota lineup while Brodin recovers. The Wild hope to have a timetable by Thursday for the Swedish defensemans return to the lineup.