Trade Possibility: Jonas Brodin
Chuck Fletcher and the Minnesota Wild are looking to get better for next season, and they may have to deal one of their defensemen to do so. With Ryan Suter eating big minutes and Marco Scandella, Jared Spurgeon, Matt Dumba, and Jonas Brodin falling behind him, the Wild certainly have an abundance of NHL caliber defensemen. This does not include Mike Reilly, Nate Prosser, and Christian Folin either.
One asset on the back end that will be in high demand is Jonas Brodin. The 22 year old defenseman was the tenth overall pick in 2011 and has played 263 career games, accumulating 54 total points. Brodin is not necessarily a flashy, goal scoring defenseman, but he gets the job done at both ends of the rink.
A Brodin deal would work out for both teams involved. The team receiving him would get a top-four defenseman, which are always in high demand, and the Wild would receive immediate help, presumably on the offensive front. Minnesota finished 18th in goals for per game last season, with only two other playoff teams (Detroit and Philadelphia) behind them. Their leading scorer was the aging Mikko Koivu with 56 points, well below the average for a leading point scorer on a team.
There would be many teams that fit the criteria to execute a trade for Jonas Brodin. The Edmonton Oilers would be interested without a doubt. They have an abundance of forwards and a need on defense. The same can be said for the Boston Bruins. The Flyers and Panthers could show interest as well.