But now that he's separated from Suter, he'll have an offensive partner to compliment him. Granted, we've only seen the Brodin-Dumba pairing in preseason and training camp scrimmage action, but Brodin has been noticeably more aggressive in the offensive zone with Dumba as his partner. There was a play in training camp where Brodin was left with an open lane to the net, and instead of ringing the puck around the boards for his forwards to retrieve, he took the space given to him and created a great scoring chance. Overall in the preseason, he had a decent showing and was one the best players on the ice for the Wild in terms of generating offense..
Just how big of a leap do I think he'll make? I am going to say that Brodin scores 11 goals and racks up 25 assists for 36 points. That's a number that would put him around the Top-40 of NHL defensemen, and be almost double his career high in points (19 in 2013-14). If Brodin is able to build on his offensive game to this degree, he'll realize his potential as one of the very best young defensemen in the league.