Jonas Brodin inked a six-year extension with the Wild. (USATSI)
Jonas Brodin agrees to a six-year contract extension with the Wild. (USATSI)

The Minnesota Wild signed 21-year-old defenseman Jonas Brodin to a six-year contract extension, the team announced. According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the deal is worth $25 million, meaning it will come with a pretty comfortable $4.16 million cap hit.

The Wild are bucking the more prevalent trend of going with a bridge deal for one of their top young players coming off of his entry-level contract. Brodin is currently playing on the last year of that affordable ELC, but now he's locked up through the 2020-21 season. Also, the Wild bought two of Brodin's unrestricted free agent years with this contract.

Considering the rate the Wild are getting him for going forward and Brodin's track record over two seasons with the club, this is one of those home-run deals for both sides.

The Wild didn't have to look much further than how things transpired between the Montreal Canadiens once P.K. Subban finished out his bridge as one of the game's premier defensemen (and now one of the league's highest paid players). Brodin's not comparable to Subban, but as his team's No. 2 defenseman, he's an integral part of the Wild's ability to remain competitive. Now they have him at what could end up being a steal of a cap hit.

"We are very excited to get Jonas Brodin signed through the 2020-21 season," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement. "He is one of the premier young defensemen in the NHL and has played a huge role on our team since entering the league as a 19-year-old. We're confident that his game will continue to evolve in all areas and he will be a valuable part of our core for years to come."

Bridge deals can be valuable when players don't have much of an NHL track record, but since Brodin stepped up to the big leagues, he has been excellent.

Over 126 games, Brodin has 31 points, but he has proven his value with reliable defense and a maturity well beyond his years. The talented Swedish rearguard has averaged 23:37 per game over his first two years, helping lead a blue line that also includes perennial Norris Trophy contender Ryan Suter. He handles tough matchups and can play in just about any situation.

Being able to play as well as he has at his young age certainly suggests an even brighter future ahead. The team's pick at 10th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Brodin is a big part of the young core the Wild have built through the draft and in some trades, that provides long-term stability while the Wild still spend for veteran talent in free agency and trades.

With Brodin and Suter both under contract through at least 2021, the Wild can continue building around their top two with prospects or outside additions. There's still more of a need for depth on the back end, but with these two at the top, the Wild are in pretty good shape for years to come.