Getting to Know Mike Rupp of the Minnesota Wild

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With the Minnesota Wild recently acquiring defenseman, Mike Rupp, only a few weeks ago, a lot of Wild fans may not yet know a lot about him.

Rupp is an American-born player who was actually drafted twice in two separate drafts.  Once, right out of high school, by the New York Islanders in the first round (9th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.  He went unsigned and was again drafted in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils 76th overall.  Since then, Rupp has made homes all around the league playing for the Phoenix Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins and, most recently, the New York Rangers.

Rupp is a gritty, hard-working hockey player who adds sandpaper to any roster, which is why the Wild picked him up in exchange for two younger players – forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.

The Wild could definitely use a player with a little edge to him to patrol the ice, but Rupp isn’t the kind of player who stays with any one team for too long as he accomplishes the task at hand then moves on to the next team in need of his services.  He has a little over a year left on his current contract (he was signed by the Rangers for three years in July 2011), so I would suspect he would be moving on from Minnesota after that.

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