Philip Broberg deserves to enter the NHL bubble with the Edmonton Oilers


Shall we put the boy in the bubble?Will teenage Philip Broberg be part of Edmonton Oilers’ 31-man roster for return to play?

From what the Swedish defender showed during the first five days of the camp, especially Saturday when he scored two goals in a scrum – one in a dazzling end-to-end game – if the 19-year-old just barely shot, is not sticking around, it will be a surprise.

The other goal came after Broberg rushed into the opposite end, dropped the puck and ended up slamming a James Neal lead past Mikko Koskinen. He was everywhere on the ice; he took to the skies at every opportunity, making head plays, and defended well with his reach and skating ability.

He got caught once, on a stretch pass to Connor McDavid, who slipped one behind Mike Smith.

If the Oilers want 31 players (three goaltenders, six front lines and 10 defensemen) for the Stanley Cup tournament, Broberg is a lock. He was not the tenth best defender in the camp; he was better than that, playing on the right and left sides.

The eighth overall pick in 2019 could return to his club team, Skelleftea, for a second season in the Swedish Hockey League at the end of phase 3, but that league won’t start until mid-September, so he there is no rush to send it back.

If the Oilers decide not to keep Broberg, they’ll go with 30 in the bubble, with additional goalies Olivier Roy and Dylan Wells to help them out. In fact, Roy, who will be starting his first season as a mid-level pro at Witchita, possibly as a No.1, was sent home on Saturday afternoon.

But Broberg came here to make the playoffs.

“If I’m on the list and can get into the bubble, that will be fun,” he said. “You’re always trying to compete for something big – and that’s the Stanley Cup. I will think about it. It will not be a problem to live in this hotel.

Swede Oscar Klefbom, who was the 19th overall pick in 2011, spent two seasons in the SHL before coming and starting in the American Hockey League.

“He’s a big, strong guy and a good skater,” said Klefbom. “He has a lot of potential. I am very happy to see what he can bring to the organization. ”

Adam Larsson also played Skelleftea and was New Jersey’s No. 4 pick in 2011.

“The sky is the limit for Philip,” Larsson said. “He skates really well for such a big guy (six-foot-four, 197 pounds). He has all the tools to be a very, very good player in this league.

Tippett also paid attention.

“He’s young but physically mature. His skating is excellent. You look at him in the fray and walk away saying he is doing things, ”said Tippett.

“First opportunity to meet NHL players and he acquitted himself very well. He’s a sponge trying to learn. From what I’ve seen, he could play right, left, right, left, center defense. He would be ready to try anything except maybe the goal. He makes a good impression.

The Oilers initially wanted Broberg to get his feet wet in Phase 3 as Skelleftea’s 11th defenseman of the season from two months against Leksand, but that was before Mike Green stepped down for family reasons.

“I came here to compete, to prove myself and to take the opportunity,” said Broberg, who had not been around the NHL Oilers until now, and has built up strength during the COVID-hiatus. 19. “I had a few months to really train so I felt good physically and mentally.


Tippett says he’s more concerned about the appearance of his own team than preparing the Blackhawks for the top five qualifying streak, but is barely oblivious to the situation in Chicago, where No. 1 goalkeeper Corey Crawford has not yet been to camp. .

“You’re right, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t paying attention,” Tippett said with a laugh. The Hawks haven’t shut the door on Crawford being in the net for the August 1 opening here, but it is wishful thinking. It will be either Malcolm Subban or Collin Delia.


Oilers goalkeeper Mike Smith does not intend to bring anything special to the JW Marriott Hub for the tournament to help him feel comfortable.

“I guess a few pairs of underwear, I don’t know if there is any laundry in there,” Kidd Smith said. “I expect to be there for a long time, so clothes and laundry are important.”

This “n” only: From now on, the Oilers radio team, made up of gamer Jack Michaels and color commentator Bob Stauffer, will cancel the games from a television program at CHED studios. They won’t be at Rogers Place… Caleb Jones took part in the fray, his first this week after testing positive for COVID-19… Still no defenders Conor Murphy or Calvin de Haan with the main squad in training for the Hawks. De Haan has a family problem… While other teams have loads of players missing phase 3 training – Boston didn’t have David Pastrnak, Charlie Coyle, Tuukka Rask, Torey Krug, David Krejci, Nick Ritchie and Chris Wagner on Saturday – the Oilers just had Jones out. Tippett managed to roll the same six lines every day… Right now it looks like the fifth row is Gaetan Haas in the middle with Joakim Nygard and Patrick Russell, a lot of speed there.

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