A Hard Lineup Top To Bottom
The Minnesota Wild have this year what the Blues had last year, plus more.
Minnesota is hard to stop from top to bottom. They don’t have those big name stars like the Blackhawks or Stars or Sharks have had, but they have solid guys each as capable as the last.
So, while the Blues have proven great at stopping the stars, what do you do if you have a team with no stars? That statement is not meant to disparage any of the Wild players either. It is more an observation.
Eric Staal is a great player with a resurgent year. You wouldn’t see his name drafted in the top portion of many fantasy drafts though.
Granlund and Koivu are very good players, shown by their 127 combined points. They aren’t superstars though.
Nino Niederreiter has been a thorn for the Blues in the past and had 25 goals this year. In total, the Wild have four guys with 20+ goals and 12 with double digit twine tinglers.
Their blueliners are included in there too. Two Minnesota defensemen had double-digit goals and Ryan Suter had 40 points in a down year with 9 goals.
The Wild are capable of coming at you in waves. The Blues will have to be able to withstand the tsunami that is about to wash over them.