Mikael Granlund was a YouTube highlight machine in Finland. Charlie Coyle was a man among boys for St. John in the Quebec League last year. Jason Zucker was a star at the University of Denver.

What these forwards do well is so obvious to the naked eye, they naturally get most of the fanfare when it comes to the Wild's impressive crop of young talent.

What defenseman Jonas Brodin does well is more subtle and harder to see than the offensive skills of Granlund, Coyle and Zucker. But of all the Wild's prospects, Brodin might be the most polished. He has a chance to be a big-minute, top-pairing guy long into the future.

That is impressive, because defensemen typically mature later than forwards. Brodin is only a teenager -- a teenager getting used not only to playing North American professional hockey for the first time, but also moving from his native Sweden to a foreign country.

"You think of him as a 19-year-old and the composure that he has and the plays that he makes, we're throwing him in some difficult situations," coach Mike Yeo said. "Penalty kill. Power play. Playing against top lines every night. He's been extremely, extremely impressive.