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Oilers Keeping Philip Broberg In Sweden Next Season

The Edmonton Oilers have decided to keep prospect Philip Broberg in Sweden for one more season.

According to The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, the Edmonton Oilers have informed defense prospect Philip Broberg that their intention for him is to play one more season in Sweden. Instead of having him come to North America and join the Oilers AHL affiliate team the Bakersfield Condors, they’d prefer he to remain where he is.

Broberg was the Oilers’ eighth-overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft and while considered a prospect with a bright future in the NHL, he’s struggled a touch to find his offensive game in his first season under the Oilers watch. He played a full season in Sweden for Skelleftea AIK — a season that consisted of 45 games. He scored one goal and seven assists for eight points.

The idea behind the Oilers decision seems to be that another season playing in a league he’s getting to know well will help him build confidence in will aid in his attempt to find his offensive game. It is the well-rounded game for a player with his kind of speed that the Oilers really think can help them in the future. And, as Oilers GM Ken Holland said, he wants to over-ripen prospects prior to rushing them along.

The Oilers Can Afford to Be Patient

And, because the Oilers still have Evan Bouchard and Dmitri Samorukov in their defensive pipeline, there’s not really a rush to move Broberg over.

The Oilers have tremendous depth on defense and so much so, there’s talk they may move one of the more veteran d-men over the offseason. Kris Russell, Matt Benning, and Adam Larsson are the names that come up the most often. Part of that decision is due to depth inside the organization, the other is the uncertainty of the salary cap next season and the Oilers being fairly tight to the cap ceiling.

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