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Minnesota Wild in Good Hands With Ryan Suter

Ryan Suter

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

There was a lot to discuss about the Minnesota Wild during the shortened 2013 season. Everyone wants to talk about the two big free agent signings that the team made before the season began with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. I want to focus some of Suter here and what he did this season.

I may have wanted more goals out of him, but that’s not his game. If Minnesota wants to be a team that makes a championship run next season, it will be up to Suter to do more of the same things he did this season.

I’ve received a lot of criticism in the past about the fact that I thought Suter wasn’t doing his job early in the year. I really believed that Suter would become more of a scorer in his first year with the Wild. He did exactly what he normally does though, and scored four goals and 28 assists in 48 games.

He had scored between 37-46 points in each of the four seasons before this one. He will get to help out Niklas Backstrom again next year after the team re-signed their goalie on Monday.

The Wild are very lucky to have Suter as one of their defensemen and he will be there for the next decade trying to get Minnesota that elusive title. I think that the team will be in a better position this coming year with the new realignment. The competition level doesn’t seem high enough to keep the Wild from being one of the top seeds in the playoffs.

If that happens, it would be wise to look at Suter’s numbers and see if he produces another carbon copy of his last six seasons.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.