5 Players Minnesota Wild Should Build Around in 2014

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Minnesota Wild: 5 Players to Build Around in 2014

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The Minnesota Wild had a relatively successful season in 2013, advancing in the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. In 2014, the Wild will look to build on this success with the help of these five key players.

5. Zach Parise

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5. Zach Parise

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It would be very difficult to make a five player list of Wild skaters and not find Parise’s name somewhere on it. The assistant captain has been the Wild’s best all-around player since he joined the team two seasons ago. The Wild have been building around him the past few seasons, so why stop now?

4. Ryan Suter

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4. Ryan Suter

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The Wild’s other big-name signing of two seasons ago, Ryan Suter, has been one of the best defensemen in the NHL over the past few seasons. He has been the one sure thing among a young, developing defensive crew for the Wild. Like Parise, the Wild have been building their team around Suter and that will continue in 2014.

3. Mikael Granlund

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3. Mikael Granlund

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Arguably the Wild’s best skater following the Olympic break this past season, Granlund is developing into one of better young forwards in the NHL. He already is an above-average if not elite passer and likely will continue to develop into a scoring forward. At 22 years of age, Granlund will be a player the Wild will build around in 2014 and into the future.

2. Jonas Brodin

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2. Jonas Brodin

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One of the unsung heroes of the Wild’s defense, Brodin has played very well since gaining regular playing time two seasons ago. Brodin has had the luxury of learning from Suter and has begun to mimic his abilities. At 20-years-old, Brodin and Wild defensive prospect Matt Dumba should play important roles in the Wild’s seemingly bright future.

1. Nino Niederreiter

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1. Nino Niederreiter

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The Game 7 hero against the Colorado Avalanche, Niederreiter appears to have turned his career around in Minnesota. Once a top prospect of the New York Islanders, Niederreiter showed impressive scoring ability and dramatic development in his first season with the Wild. Forwards Charlie Coyle and Jason Pominville also could make this list, but Niederreiter appears to be the scoring threat the Wild desperately need.

Robert Reidell is a Minnesota Vikings Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+