When the Edmonton Oilers strode to the podium and selected Philip Broberg eighth overall last year, they were bound to receive a lot of criticism. After all, top offensive talents (who happened to be from North America) like Trevor Zegras and Cole Caufield were still on the board, along with one of the best goaltending prospects in the world in Spencer Knight. But Edmonton had seen something in Broberg that made him their choice, a selection that had seemingly been locked in weeks before the draft. A year later and Broberg impressed the Oilers brass enough in camp to keep him throughout the return to play tournament, even getting him into their exhibition game against the Calgary Flames.
Edmonton is extremely excited about Broberg’s development, which makes it come as no surprise that today he was loaned back to Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League. The 19-year-old defenseman played there this season, recording eight points in 45 games while also suiting up for Sweden at the World Juniors. An incredible skater, he also possesses the size and strength to compete with professionals.
The release does not indicate whether Broberg will return for an NHL training camp in November, but you can bet that if the Oilers feel it is the best thing for his development, he’ll be back in North America quickly. Should they decide he’s not ready yet for the NHL, his contract will slide forward again due to his young age. That would mean his three-year entry-level deal could extend through the 2023-24 season. Interestingly though, he does have a European Assignment Clause in his deal, which means he could potentially block an assignment to the AHL in 2020-21.