When the Minnesota Wild signed Ryan Suter to a huge contract this past offseason, the team was hoping that he will help lead the Wild to a Stanley Cup. Minnesota has been a very disappointing team so far this year and with Suter not scoring a single goal while dishing out 11 assists, the team could use a little more out of him. Suter has been better in recent games with four assists during Minnesota’s last five games, but it isn’t working at this point.
Suter got himself that huge deal by being a player who keeps other teams from scoring and has been a +39 over the three seasons before this one. But he is a -5 right now for this Wild team that is just 9-7-2 for the season so far. The team is the worst team in the league for scoring and those numbers are far from what was expected out of Suter and Zach Parise when they both came to town this year.
There are going to be high expectations on Suter throughout his long deal and he needs to perform up to his contract, which isn’t happening through the first 18 games. Is it possible that the Wild play much better in the second half after having him on the ice for the first half to get more familiar with his style? It is always possible and with how much parity is going on so far this season in the National Hockey League, there are a lot of things that could change between now and the end of the year. Suter though needs to do more than just play 30 minutes a night.