ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — It feels like a whole new season is about to begin for the Minnesota Wild, opening its next series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Chicago on Friday night.

One of the Wild’s quiet, but very talented defenseman made a big impact on their series against the St. Louis Blues despite not recording a single point over six games.

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For Jonas Brodin, this is his stage: The NHL, a dream come true to be playing in the playoffs. But he’s not a big talker, especially when it comes to talking about himself.

“I’ve just been playing my game all the time and just keep trying to get better. I just work every day,” Brodin said.

What he does is provide a quiet strength. He just seems to understand the game beyond his years.

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“A lot of the little things that he does go unseen by the average fan or the hockey fan. You can ask any of our D core,” Matt Dumba said.

But underneath the easy-going demeanor is the heart of a champion. He has a high compete factor, and if you have that and you have talent, you have something very special.

That’s why he is here: The inner drive that he has converted into an emerging career in the NHL.

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“Yeah always when I was little, when I was a kid I’ve always wanted to win. That’s the way you play hockey, you want to win,” Brodin said. “I like to compete, even in practice and just bring it to the game.”

Mike Max