As a former eighth overall pick from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Philip Broberg has yet to live up to his first-round status potential thus far in his tenure with the Oilers. Known for both his size and speed, he hasn’t been able to translate it into on-ice dominance.
In 79 career games over three seasons with the Oilers, Broberg has posted only two goals and nine assists for 11 points. In general, his play on the blue line has yet to see him receive top-four minutes on a consistent basis with the team.
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Even when partnered with the experienced Mattias Ekholm early in the 2023-24 season, Broberg’s game failed to take off as expected, with him held pointless in ten games to date. As a result, he has seen time in the press box more often than not, which doesn’t bode well for the growth and development of his game.
At just 22 years of age, patience remains the key for Broberg, but the Oilers unfortunately may not have that in their current struggling state. As a result, he could be a key piece in the trade puzzle in their pursuit for a suitable backup goaltender.