Jared Spurgeon‘s season ended in the handshake line against the Chicago Blackhawks with Game 6 antihero Patrick Kane telling him, “You’re going to be sick.” I still wonder if there wasn’t a hidden feud there and Kane had the flu, but failing that, it’s a nice finale in what was a big step forward for the 24-year-old defender.
Spurgeon had the best Corsi for percentage among Wild defenseman who played at least 200 minutes at 52%. In fact he was the only one with a positive percentage. (Though if you move those numbers over to Fenwick, Marco Scandella also finishes with positive numbers at 50.4%.)
Spurgeon will be a great player and anyone who watched the Wild regularly last season knows that. He’s developing an offensive game and, despite his size (can broadcasters find another word besides “diminutive” please? Just sick of hearing it. There it is. Maybe that’s why Spurgeon will be sick.)
Watch all the 2013-14 season goals from every Wild fan’s favorite sick diminutive defenseman below.
#1 — 10/08/13 vs. Nashville Predators MIN 2 – NSH 3
Spurgeon starts the play behind his own net and gets a feed from Nino Niederreiter for his first of the year.
#2 — 03/03/14 vs. Calgary Flames CGY 2 – MIN 3
Spurgeon ends a long, long goalless drought here.
#3 — 03/11/14 vs. Edmonton Oilers EDM 4 – MIN 3 (SO)
#4 — 03/18/14 vs. New York Islanders MIN 6 – NYI 0
Another great goal from the point by Spurgeon.
#5 — 03/29/14 vs. Phoenix Coyotes MIN 3 – PHX 1
Seriously, Spurgeon has a bomb and should get a bump in production this season. Also, love seeing old stone-faced Zach Parise getting pumped about the go-ahead goal on the bench.
#6 — 04/24/14 vs. Colorado Avalanche COL 1 – MIN 2
Spurgeon opens the scoring in Game 4, stepping up into the slot to score a quick one.
#7 — 04/30/14 vs. Colorado Avlanche MIN 5 – COL 4
Spurgeon ties the game to send it to overtime, setting up Niederreiter’s heroics. This goal is overshadowed by Nino’s, but it’s a beautiful goal. Spurgeon has his head up, waits just the right amount of time and pots it. Also, it was devastating to Avalanche fans, which is definitely worth something.
#8 — 05/09/14 vs. Chicago Blackhawks CHI 2 – MIN 4
Some great hands ice Game 4 in favor of the Wild.