Philip Broberg is listed on the IIHF WJ site as 6.03, 203. He’ll probably play at 215-220 as a mature player, that matches Barry Beck who was a load in NHL games 45 years ago. Did you know, that for a brief time, Beck was on Glen Sather’s radar?
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It was September 1986, Barry Beck had informed coach Ted Sator and the New York Rangers that he wasn’t going to play in 1986-87. NHL teams don’t take these things seriously, because there’s a salary ($350,000 for Beck at the time) and most times players (even proud ones, like Bobby Hull) return. Well, Beck wasn’t budging, so when weeks grew to months, Glen Sather reached out to see if there was interest in playing for the Oilers.
In the middle of all this, a trade rumour hit the media, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reporting the outrageous price for Beck (Charlie Huddy and Mike Krushelnyski) while including a quote from Sather saying he asked Beck and there was no interest in playing 1986-87 in New York or elsewhere.
Sather told the media he had no interest in making a deal, as youngsters Jeff Beukeboom, Selmar Odelein and others were in the mix to make the jump to the NHL.
(Source: Edmonton Journal, September 17, 1986)
Beck did in fact sit out the season and then another and then another. Whatever Sator did to Beck, it cost the team a pretty good defenseman. Rangers traded him to the Kings for a pick just before the 1989-90 season and he finally returned.
Philip Broberg had a tough night against the Russians, it was a bizarre evening. He kept getting beat to the net wide side by Russian wingers, which is not allowed at any time. People are guessing leg or groin, it isn’t certain and we’ll have to wait and see if he plays against the Americans today.
Broberg played 23:41 against Russia, leading all Swedes in ice time. He tried to score a Bobby Orr goal late in the third period, he cam up limping after that play.
This is Broberg’s final shot at the World Juniors I hope he gets a chance to play in the big game next week (whateve the medal played for). I think he’s a fine prospect, nothing that happened last night changes that opinion.
Edmonton’s investment in Broberg continues a trend that began in 2013 with the selection of Darnell Nurse. Along with Evan Bouchard, the three men are top-10 overall selections who are defensemen and chosen in a seven-year period. The last time Edmonton chose three blue top-10 in a seven-year period was never.
I wrote a little about him today for The Athletic, for me this is going to be a major opportunity for Bouchard. I’m not suggesting he’ll beat anyone out for a job, but a strong showing in training camp may give Holland and Tippett the impression he’s NHL-ready now. If that happens, any injury gets him on the roster and once Bouchard arrives the clock starts ticking on his becoming an established defenseman. There’s a parade of youngsters coming (Bouchard, Broberg, Samorukov at the front of the pack), probably wise to get one of them to the NHL this season.
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