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All About Philip Broberg

With Philip Broberg being selected eighth overall at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, we wanted to put together a collection of scouting reports and highlights to give Oilers fans a better idea of what kind of player they’ve brought into the fold. While the Edmonton Oilers selected Broberg slightly higher than he was listed on many lists and rankings, as you’ll soon see, it may not have been as big of a reach as some people thought.

BIO:

Position: Defence — Shoots: Left
Born: July 25th, 2001 — City: Orebro, Sweden
Height: 6 feet 3 inches — Weight: 198 lbs [90 kg]
Drafted: 8th overall
Major Junior: AIK — League: Allsvenskan

SCOUTING REPORTS

Philip Broberg is a gifted two-way defenseman. His fluid skating ability allows him to punish over-extension immediately with how quickly he can start plays from his own end. 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. On the downside, his defensive play could be more consistent as well as his decision making. Additional improvement when it comes to his release, as well as puck distribution, could make him a high-scoring defenseman. -Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects

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Broberg is a dynamic defenseman because of his frame and elite skating. He has offense in his game and will be a solid defender. There are ways to pick apart his game and season. He’s not a high-end skill type. He didn’t produce a ton, and there is some risk in his game. However, he impressed consistently versus his peer group at the Hlinka Gretzky, the November U18 5 Nations and at the IIHF U18s. He was also quite ill around the time his league performance dipped. I project Broberg to be a top pairing defenseman in the NHL. He won’t be a top power play guy by any means, but he will be a second unit type who can play tough minutes and drive play while playing against opponents best players. -Corey Pronman, The Athletic

Broberg will likely look to continue his growth in Sweden next year. He is at least a year or two away from the NHL. He could grow to become a top-pairing player at the NHL level, with the ability to play big minutes and on both the power play and penalty killing unit. Broberg’s skating ability will help him to take advantage and make an impact in the new NHL. In terms of a stylistic comparison, his game is reminiscent of Mattias Ekholm but this is not a comparison based on skill or ability. -Last Word on Hockey

Broberg has great speed which is pretty rare for a six-foot-three defenseman. He can also handle the puck at high speed. His lateral movement isn’t great, though, and his puck-skills and vision don’t seem to be high-end. Broberg still needs to improve his defensive game but with his size and hockey sense, it’s expected that part of his game will continue to grow. With his late June birthday, Broberg is pretty young for the 2019 NHL Draft. He’s a lock for the first round, and some teams may even consider him in the top ten. Broberg will represent Team Sweden at the World Juniors as the only first-time draft-eligible player on that roster but his role is expected to be small. -Jokke Nevalainen, Dobber Prospects

He manages the puck smartly in his own zone and is known to make smart passes to break the puck out of his defensive zone. –McKeen’s Hockey

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PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS

  • #21 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
  • #17 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
  • #16 by ISS HOCKEY
  • #9 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
  • #5 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (EU Skaters)
  • #29 EliteProspects
  • #15 by Bob McKenzie

VIDEO AND HIGHLIGHTS

Broberg’s selection on Sportsnet:

Post Draft Interview:

Highlight pack from the 2018-19 season:

International Tournament Highlights:

SEASON STATS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/- PGP G A TP PIM +/-
2014-15 Örebro HUF U16 2 U16 Div.1 3 0 0 0 2
Örebro HUF U16 U16 Div.1 20 0 2 2 10
2015-16 Örebro HK U16 U16 Elit 28 2 18 20 14
Örebro HK U16 U16 SM 3 0 0 0 0
2016-17 Örebro HK U16 U16 Elit 2 1 1 2 0
Örebro HK U16 U16 SM 5 1 2 3 0
Örebro HK J18 J18 Elit 14 2 1 3 4
Örebro HK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 18 2 5 7 6 0 3 0 1 1 2 2
Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 6 0 0 0 4 -1
2017-18 Örebro HK J18 J18 Elit 7 1 2 3 2
Örebro HK J20 “A” SuperElit 15 0 2 2 0 -1
AIK J18 J18 Elit 3 0 2 2 2 4
AIK J20 SuperElit 23 6 7 13 6 5 2 1 2 3 0 6
Sweden U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 4
Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 17 0 3 3 8 -4
2018-19 AIK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -1
AIK J20 SuperElit 8 2 6 8 8 3 3 0 1 1 0 3
AIK Allsvenskan 41 2 7 9 14 -1 3 0 0 0 0 -1
Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 2 4 6 6 2
Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 17 6 8 14 16 4
Sweden U20 WJC-20 4 0 1 1 0 2
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 6 0 2 2 0 2

TOURNAMENT STATS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-
2015-16 Örebro Län TV-Pucken 10 0 0 0 0
Sweden Selects U15 WSI U15 7 1 3 4 0
2016-17 Örebro Län TV-Pucken 11 2 5 7 0
2018-19 Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 3 1 4 4

  • CMG30

    Reach pick or not he’s our guy now. The key from here on out is proper development. Let’s temper expectations and hope the Oilers have learned 2 decades worth of lessons and don’t try to shove him into the lineup for another 3-4 years!

  • Danger Pay

    So many mixed emotions about Broberg. If you look at his tier 2 highlights vs men he looks meh, but when you see him play against his pier group he looks dominant. The obvious need for the Oilers is scoring wingers, Boldy’s highlight reel is impressive. Drafting Lavoie takes the sting off the Broberg pick, still I would have preferred if they took Boldy then selected a Dman with the 2nd pick.

        • Danger Pay

          Questioning the Oilers draft picks does not equal running a kid out of town. Dusty spoke with other NHL scouts and they said Broberg was not a top 10 pick. Only two of the pre-draft rankings had him in the top 10. The Oilers have a few D prospects knocking on the door, I don’t understand why a Dman couldn’t have been drafted next year, especially when this draft was forward heavy.

          • Beer

            Sustained defensive depth in a organization. The way the league is going, and with expansion coming, if your system can develop one NHL ready D per year, your team should be OK. That being said, I am not saying your wrong. I am just guessing if that’s the idea, this is the first step towards that goal.

      • Danger Pay

        Which is why I mentioned he looked dominant vs his pier group. All the other prospects have their highlight reel built around their junior year. It is important to judge apples to apples.

    • cityofchampions

      Skating ability is being more and more prioritized in the NHL. Ken is staying ahead of the curve here by getting the best skater available. You can have all the skill in the world, but if you can’t skate you won’t be effective in the NHL. Brophy is big, can fly, and those things can’t be taught. Hopefully he’ll round into the top pairing dman most scouts seem to think he can become.

    • Randaman

      Who did Zegras play with for the last two years? Hughes! I remember drafting Gagner after inflated seasons playing with Patrick Kane. Similar? We wait. I like the Broberg pick. It will give us trade chips for wingers.

    • Danger Pay

      Honestly, Zegras looks more like a playmaker than sniper. IMO Boldy fits the sniper role better than Zegras. I was impressed that Lavoie had 20 goals in 25 playoff games.

  • 80'sOilers

    Hockey is all about the transition from defence to offence. If your defence can properly manage to transition cleanly out of your zone with speed, your team offence will automatically be better; just look at how much fall off the Oilers had after Sekera got hurt and when Kleefboom was injured for the past two years; the Oilers were playing way to many minutes in their own end defending and even when they did get out it was most times without speed. If a line can enter the O zone with speed, they will obviously get more offence. Drafting a player like Broberg who can transition will automatically make the team better. Drafting wingers will not necessarily make a huge impact if they are always having to dump and chase to get into the O zone. Just imagine if McDavid etc did not have to start in their own zone to transition but could actually get a pass with speed through the neutral zone… something that has been mising for the last two years!

  • JayTee

    Back in 2012, Hampus Lindholm was ranked anywhere from 11th to 25th in draft rankings. Where was he taken? 6th overall by the Ducks and look how he turned out.

  • Rhino

    I remember watching the Nuge draft. The Jets were making their first ever pick (since coming back to Winnipeg) and got roasted by most analysts for picking Mark Scheifele!! at 7. He was the 16th ranked N.A. skater, projected to go in the 20-30 range. The jets scouts must’ve seen something they liked and stuck to their guns. You could make a case that he could’ve gone anywhere in the top 5- including first overall in hindsight. Unless you think that Nikita Kucherov (picked at 58!) deserves that distinction.
    The draft order is largely an educated guess, let’s hope the scouts knew what they were doing and give the kid a chance!

  • Retort2

    And the scouting consensus was JP at number 4. How well did that work out? Blame the management all you want for his development but he was spoon feed more than Tkachuk. Unless you’ve went to watch these kids play quit running them down, The negativity on this page is worse than any other in the league.

    • cityofchampions

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but JP was consensus 3 pick. Everyone was thrilled when Columbus went off the board with Dubois and we got him at #4. We’ve had enough pre-draft ranking flops, and Zebras setting up Hughes might have over-inflated his draft ranking.

  • Serious Gord

    1. Clearly not a consensus top ten pick. Not even a consensus top 15.

    2. A large amount of emphasis on the Hlinka tournament. 5 game sample size with no team structure – more like an all star game.

    3. Kid has pretty weak points numbers. (I saw this noted in a couple scouting reports not cited above – and it’s probably why he was ranked as low as he was)

    Obviously no guarantees one way or the other – but really have to wonder if holland could have traded down and still got him.

    • Jay (not J)

      I don’t have a problem with the pick, but am curious as to why he didn’t trade down a few picks and still make it. Perhaps us thinking the opportunity existed doesn’t necessarily make it so, but I would like to hear the whole story.

        • OriginalPouzar

          Sigh – as much as you clearly look for the negative in any move/non-move, your reasoning usuallly has some logic to it, however, this is just wrong.

          Rishaug stated this morning he knows for a fact he tried to trade down and also that all indications were that ANA would have picked Broberg.

          Its very clear that Holland had a good sense of how the top of the draft was going to go and foresaw the surprising run on d-men which, of course, led to the realization that a few high talent/potential forwards would be available at 38.

          He clearly had a hard target on Broberg and wouldn’t have got his team’s BPA via a trade down.

        • 3 Little Birds

          I missed seeing you at the table. What do you mean you didn’t see him trying?? Your sense of self importance is a bit over the top. You are remotely qualified to second guess a GM of 20+ years? Your negative Nancy schtick is wearing thin pal. You remind me of the smartest guy in the room…

      • Slick77

        From what I heard is Holland got word that Anaheim, who picked 9th, were looking at drafting Broberg as well. With Anaheim’s history of drafted d-men I’m feeling better about this pick.

    • Serious Gord

      Talk nice about him. He’s the future owner of the club and will be long after we are gone – for better or for worse. (Likely that hasn’t lived in AB since he was eight.)

    • cityofchampions

      He’s always been a big kid, and when I saw him this year I thought actually finally growing into his frame. He was there on behalf of his father (who is sick), and I assume he’ll slowly start assuming some of his Dad’s owner duties. Hopefully the Katz#2 era will learn from the mistakes made during the first decade of the Katz#1 era (see Chicago transition from father to son as a template).

  • Van isl Oiler

    First thing I’d do after drafting each player is make them give their phone, laptop, any internet device to the Oilers IT department and block this website. The comments section of this site is like friggin cancer for self confidence. Good grief. Have some class.

  • Oiler Al

    The klid isn’t even 18 till next month. Next two years are important development.Send him to the CHL for 2 years…. play on the smaller surface with a team that teaches and gives him TOI. He could be our Hedman.

  • Slick77

    Why would the Oilers want to draft left hand wingers right now? That is pretty much all the Oilers have right now are left hand wingers! So why would we want to add Boldey and Zegras? The Oilers already have a small forward in Yamamoto so no need to add another in Caufield. Also any one of those we won’t see on the Oilers in at least 2 years and by that time who knows what the Oilers needs will be. Also it’s not like wingers are hard to find.
    The way to build a team is from the back end out so when you can you draft the d-man.