The Minnesota Wild have spent the last couple of years going from a team with very few recognizable names, to a team loaded with marquee talent. We saw it last summer when they acquired Devon Setoguchi and Dany Heatley, and then again this past summer, when they signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Minnesota added to that wealth of talent before the trade deadline, when they acquired Jason Pominville. But this is a team that is far from top heavy. They’re getting contributions from plenty of their young talent that has them primed to make some noise this postseason.
The obvious name here is Jonas Brodin. He’s been terrific on the blue line and has been extremely impressive playing next to the Norris Trophy candidate, Ryan Suter. If it weren’t for the fact that offensive numbers typically dictate awards, we could see him in the Calder Trophy discussion. He’s been described as a “Suter clone” and is going to be a big piece of this team in the future.
Jared Spurgeon has also been a pleasant surprise on the blue line. He has 13 points on the year, almost half of which have come on the power play. Already with a couple of seasons under his belt, it’s easy to forget that he’s still just 23.
But it doesn’t end there. Charlie Coyle has been able to keep up and contribute in the top six for the Wild, and has shown he could fit in anywhere. He’s used his sizable frame effectively and has proven capable of contributing on the stat sheet a bit as well. Same goes for Jason Zucker, who has been a solid contributor.
And don’t forget about Mikael Granlund. He hasn’t been the Calder Trophy candidate many had hoped, but still possesses loads of potential and is getting his second crack at the regular lineup.
While this team obviously gets a ton of attention for all of the talent they’ve acquired in the past couple of years, this is actually a team with some solid depth. That depth, particularly the young guys, has come through in a big way for the Minnesota Wild in the 2013 season.