Oilers select Swedish defenceman Philip Broberg eighth overall

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Oilers select Swedish defenceman Philip Broberg eighth overall
Oilers select Swedish defenceman Philip Broberg eighth overall

VANCOUVER — Ken Holland was part of the Detroit Red Wings' front office that selected a defenceman named Nicklas Lidstrom back in 1989. Thirty years later, the Edmonton Oilers will be hoping lightning strikes twice. The club took blue-liner Philip Broberg with the eighth pick in the NHL draft on Friday night, adding the Swede to a stable of young prospects on a team in need of more high-end talent on the back end. "I was (projected) around this spot, but I'm just so honoured to be an Oiler now," Broberg said. "I started to get a feeling in the end, but you never know." Broberg was asked what Lidstrom — a four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner — means to young Swedish

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