As part of our 2011 NHL Draft coverage, The Detroit Sports Site is hosting a mock draft, with all the picks made by hometown bloggers. We’ll reveal the selections one at a time leading up to the June 24 draft.
The Detroit Red Wings got Nicklas Lidstrom back for one more year, but they still need to bulk up on youth for the future. They had the No. 24 selection in our 2011 NHL Mock Draft, and making that pick was Sarah Lindenau of TheLeftWingLock.com.
Lindenau tabbed Swedish lefty defenseman (sound familiar?) Jonas Brodin of Farjestads BK in the Elitserien. Brodin scores the second goal in the highlights below — bonus: Narration’s in Swedish.
Lindenau breaks down the pick:
The Red Wings would be thrilled if defenseman Jonas Brodin was still available at the 24th-overall pick. While scouts have him ranked anywhere from 10-23 in this year’s draft, the 6-foot-1, 165-pound Swede is a smart and steady presence that could bolster Detroit’s aging blueline in the future.
Brodin is a strong skater and puck mover who plays a smart positional game, which he showed off last season playing for Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League.
Our current draft board:
1. Edmonton Oilers: Adam Larsson, D (Pick by Derek Zona, The Copper & Blue)
2. Colorado Avalanche: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C (Pick by David Driscoll-Carignan, Mile High Hockey)
3. Florida Panthers: Gabriel Landeskog, F (Pick by Staff of Litter Box Cats)
4. New Jersey Devils: Jonathan Huberdeau, F (Pick by Tom Mantzouranis)
5. New York Islanders: Doug Hamilton, D (Pick by Daniel Friedman, Bleacher Report)
6. Ottawa Senators: Sean Couturier, C (Pick by Peter Raaymakers, Silver Seven Sens)
7. Winnipeg (Atlanta Thrashers): Mika Zibanejad, C (Pick by Ben Wendorf, BehindTheNetHockey.com)
8. Columbus Blue Jackets: Nathan Beaulieu, D (Pick by Dan Parker, The Cannon)
9. Boston Bruins: Ryan Murphy, D (Pick by Anthony Travalgia, TheHubofHockey.net)
10. Minnesota Wild: Sven Bartschi, F (Pick by Bruce Ciskie, The Ciskie Blog)
11. Colorado Avalanche: Duncan Siemens, D
12. Carolina Hurricanes: Oscar Klefbom, D (Pick by Bob Wage, Canes Country)
13. Calgary Flames: Rocco Grimaldi, C (Pick by Arik Knapp, Matchsticks & Gasoline)
14. Dallas Stars: Joel Armia, F
15. New York Rangers: Mark Scheifele, C (Pick by Kevin DeLury, The New York Rangers Blog)
16. Buffalo Sabres: Brandon Saad, F (Pick by Timothy Redinger, SabreNoise.com)
17. Montreal Canadiens: Matt Puempel, F (Pick by Andrew Berkshire, HabsEyesonthePrize.com)
18. Chicago Blackhawks: Boone Jenner, C (Pick by Sam Fels, Second City Hockey)
19. Edmonton Oilers: Jameson Oleksiak, D
20. Phoenix Coyotes: Mark McNeill, C
21. Ottawa Senators: Tomas Jurco, F (Pick by Peter Raaymakers, Silver Seven Sens)
22. Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Strome, C (Pick by Andy Elvstrand)
23. Pittsburgh Penguins: Tyler Biggs, F (Pick made by Adam Gretz, steelerslounge.com)
24. Detroit Red Wings: Jonas Brodin, D
25. Toronto Maple Leafs:
26. Washington Capitals:
27. Tampa Bay Lightning:
28. San Jose Sharks:
29. Vancouver Canucks:
30. Toronto Maple Leafs: