Mar 30, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) and defenseman Ryan Suter (20) against the Los Angeles Kings at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Kings 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Yeo: Wild’s Ryan Suter, Jonas Brodin “Tap-ins” for Norris, Calder

According to Minnesota Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo, he considers his top defensive pairing of Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin as standing a very real chance of winning both the Norris and Calder trophies as best defenseman and rookie of the year, respectively.

“To me, they’re tap-ins,” said Minnesota’s second-year Head Coach. “It’s automatic, and I could add a couple other guys for lists for awards.” This the first time since Jacques Lemaire won the Jack Adams in 2003 that Minnesota has had a chance to have players in the running for multiple awards. The team has especially been campaigning for Suter and Brodin. There is even talk about Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu for the Selke, while Matt Cullen and Jared Spurgeon could get the nod for Lady Byng.

While Yeo is quick to point out the accomplishments of the players in his system, he also knows all other awards fall short of the Stanley Cup. “I’d prefer once the season is over to talk about this because right now the only award that anybody wants is the team one,” he continued. “We have an opportunity to get ourselves into the playoffs tonight and again, it’s an exciting day.”

Suter stands a very real chance of winning the Norris, and will be competing against Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang for the honor of the NHL’s best defenseman. His 32 points and 28 assists in 46 games are third-best and second-best, respectively, amongst all NHL defensemen and he leads all skaters in ice time with an average of 27:13 per game.

It will be a harder road for Brodin than Suter, as the Calder Trophy is rarely won by defensemen. For more on Brodin’s candidacy for the Calder, click here.

Minnesota is on the brink of clinching their first playoff berth in five years; they would not be there without their All-Star caliber top defensive pairing. It’s time the NHL acknowledges that.

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  • bluenotebacker

    This post will be quite humorous if the Wild end up missing the playoffs ;) I win a bet if they don’t, so I can’t say I’m rooting for them, but I think they’ll be good for years to come

  • eric saleh

    Zach Parise and Ryan Suter said there was no more hockey town in detroit! Well most of them words came out of zach praise mouth. Well look what happens when you speak to much. You both were better of with a real playoff team and that the detroit redwings wings. Players don’t win games. TEAMS win games. You can’t have the best player on your team. But you need te whole team to win!! You need the right Coaches to win! The right General managers to win! To bad Zach Parise and Ryan Suter even if you make the playoffs I see you guys out first round by the way your team is even playing right now. You should of picked the red wings for your team!! You can’t make The wild Hockeytown. You should of picked the redwings buddy