The Minnesota Wild are a team that I like to see succeed. Something about them just makes me feel like they deserve to go far. With the new additions of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter before the start of last season, they seemed like they were going to be unstoppable. But they fell to the dominating Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs, after just getting in by the skin of their teeth. Here are my three choices for breakout Wild players next season.May 7, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville (29) passes against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Pominvillewas picked up at the trade deadline from Buffalo. The Sabres’ captain had played 37 games before the trade, grabbing 25 points in the process. While on Minnesota, he played 10 games, scoring 9 points. I liked watching Pominville in Buffalo, and I can see him being a big point leader for the Wild. He can be the playmaker that can complete this team, and he will prove to be a big star in Minnesota.May 7, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) carries the puck past Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (81) during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Ryan Suter played real good last season, scoring 32 points in 48 games and finishing with a +2 rating. Even though I hoped he and Parise came to Detroit, I can’t be mad at the progress he made in Minnesota. He is a strong defenseman, and I could see him being one of the fiercest defensemen in the league. He is going to be one of the biggest players for Minnesota for years to come.Apr 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O
Niklas Backstrom played started 42 of the 48 games last season, and recorded a great 24-15-3 record. I’ve liked watching him play, but I think maybe Josh Harding should have started a few more. I know his problem with MS is a pain, but he is definitely willing to play harder. Backstrom is going to be the starter for this team until he leaves the game, and I can see why. He is a very good goaltender, and he knows how to get the job done. He’s a goalie to watch for.
These are my three choices for Minnesota’s breakout stars this upcoming season. This team is definitely one to watch this year. They will make the playoffs, and hopefully go farther than they did this past season. Who do you think will be big players for the Wild this year. Tweet us @TMMotS and myself @NardoneDylan.