Even with the distinct possibility of a shortened season due to a lockout, Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo announced on Friday that one their big acquisitions from the offseason, defenseman Ryan Suter, will pair with one of their young up-and-coming defenseman in Jared Spurgeon at the start of training camp. It’s unknown if that pairing will stay intact when the season starts, but it is certainly a promising pairing and could be one of the best blue line duos in the Western Conference and perhaps the entire NHL.
Spurgeon had a productive season last season, leading all Wild defenseman with 23 points (20 assists) in 70 games played as he averaged over 21 minutes per game. He did miss the end of the season with a concussion, but he was medically cleared in May and should be good to go.
Spurgeon would certainly see significant ice time if he keeps Suter as his partner, as the two would form Minnesota’s top defensive duo and square off against the opponent’s top forward line as well as see a lot of time in specialty situations.