As far as skating is concerned, it would be hard to find a better defender in this draft class. Philip Broberg is arguably the second-best defender coming out of this draft class and it isn’t surprising to see him go so early in the 2019 Draft.

Capable of playing an excellent two-way game and contribute on both ends of the ice, Broberg has the makings of a top-pairing defender. The biggest knock on him is his puck-handling and positioning at times, both of which lead to errors both forced and unforced. Still, part of that can be attributed to his age playing against such experienced players on the other side of the ice.

“Broberg may be one of the best defensive skaters in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Starting plays from his own end, he can fly around the opposition or shoot a puck up ice to one of his teammates. He hasn’t put up the points like some of the other defenders in this year’s draft, but he already has experience playing against men in the Swedish Allsvenskan League.