Minnesota Wild: Hat Trick Secures Wild’s First Win of Preseason

ST. PAUL, MN - MARCH 13: Nino Niederreiter #22 of the Minnesota Wild checks a member of the Colorado Avalanche during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on March 13, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - MARCH 13: Nino Niederreiter #22 of the Minnesota Wild checks a member of the Colorado Avalanche during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on March 13, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
3 of 5
Next
Minnesota Wild jared Spurgeon Jonas Brodin
NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 15: Jonas Brodin #25 celebrates his goal with Jared Spurgeon #46 of the Minnesota Wild against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on December 15, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Jared Spurgeon & Jonas Brodin

This one is going astray from the single player theory again, but this pairing was so stellar I couldn’t pick one or the other. They played together on the top pair, leaving Matt Dumba to play with the roster hopefuls and oh my, did they ever shine.

Jonas Brodin finished the game with 2 assists, a +5 rating, and over 20 minutes of ice-time. Jared Spurgeon was a +4 (he was on the ice for the PP Goal), and also had 2 assists and 20 minutes of ice time.

More from Editorials

I looked at this possibility a couple times through my season previews of each player, but I think this should be a realistic combo this season sooner rather than later.

Dumba should be given an opportunity to play with Ryan Suter, and these 2 performing like this when placed together means Bruce should be comfortable giving that line-up a long look.

When Spurgeon and Brodin were on the ice, the breakouts were crisp, passes were solid, and everything on the ice looked a lot cleaner overall. Nothing against the other D on the night, everyone looked good in this game, but Jared and Jonas really shone.

They were split up on the powerplay, and I believe they should perhaps be swapped on their respective PP units, but both were running their Powerplays very efficiently.

The PP unit only shows as 1 goal on the night, but 2 goals came immediately after penalties expired making it an unofficial 3 goal night for their units. Brodin was out for 2 of them, Spurgeon was out for 2.

Brodin and Spurgeon actually both helped setup Koivu’s 3rd period goal, but Brodin was the uncredited 3rd passer on the goal. Spurgeon had that same uncredited 3rd man assist on Zach Parise’s PP Goal late.

These 2 look great together, and as much as I’ve loved the Spurgeon/Suter pairing for the last 5 years it may be time to shake that up. Hopefully Boudreau is looking at this possibility the same way I’m seeing it.