Wild’s Brodin suffers ‘gruesome’ broken cheekbone, out indefinitely

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The Minnesota Wild got some tough news on the health of defenseman Jonas Brodin after he was struck in the face by a puck on Tuesday night against Nashville.

Brodin suffered a broken cheekbone and is out indefinitely, the club announced on Wednesday.

“It was gruesome to watch,” Wild head coach Mike Yeo told the team website. “It’s disappointing.”

The 20-year-old rearguard left last night’s contest and didn’t return after this:

Widely believed to be a Calder Trophy snub a year ago (after scoring 11 points and averaging 23 minutes a game), Brodin’s sophomore campaign was off to a tremendous start. He had 3G-3A through his first 10 games — leading all Wild defensemen in scoring — and was again averaging over 23 minutes per night.

Minnesota will insert Nate Prosser into the lineup with Brodin gone. As for a timetable for the Swedish defenseman, the Wild said they hope to have a better idea by Thursday.