Having convinced general manager Ken Holland and head coach Dave Tippett, the hope Philip Broberg will remain with the Oilers in Edmonton where they will begin the qualification round of the playoffs of the national hockey League (NHL).
The defender, a Swedish 19-year-old will wear the colors of his team since he signed his contract entry in July 2019.
The first choice of the Oilers in 2019 has not yet played any match within the circuit, and Holland had indicated in April that the back was going to take part in at least one more season with Skelleftea AIK, in the main league, Swedish, 2020-2021.
“The plan was that he would come for phase 3 [of the plan to return to the game of the NHL] and then – I’m talking about the plan a month ago – that he go back to Skelleftea [this weekend],” began by saying Holland, on Wednesday, at a videoconference.
“I talked to Dave Tippett prior to phase 3 to say to him: “let’s Keep an eye on Broberg. Let’s see how it plays. If he plays well enough, we will be able to make the decision to take him in the bubble.” […] We believe that he has played very well.”
In total, this will be 10 defenders who will remain in the entourage of the team when the NHL will resume its activities. Broberg will thus have to prove that it has its place within the circuit if he wants to race some meetings.
“It will be up to the coaches to determine who they will use it”, just say Holland.
The Oilers will face the Chicago black hawks during the qualification round.