Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo means it every time he says it.
In Yeo’s eyes, Kyle Brodziak does much more than simply eat ice time until Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu jump back over the boards. Often, it’s Brodziak’s group that will be charged with shutting down an opponent’s top line.
Brodziak is a key cog in the Wild’s typically-stingy penalty kill. He even saw time on the team’s power play last season.
In many ways, Brodziak is the Wild’s version of a Swiss Army Knife — imagine a role on a hockey team and chances are, Brodziak has filled it.
Source: Dan Myers, NHL