Picking the make-up of the Minnesota Wild defense on opening night is a little more complicated, especially given there is an abundance of decent depth options.
However, recent roster cuts make it a lot clearer to determine who is likely to slot in where on the blue-line.
The most obvious is the Minnesota Wild’s top pairing of Ryan Suter and Matt Dumba. This pair didn’t spend a great deal for time partnering each other last season but project to be an incredibly solid duo.
They combined for 101 points last campaign, albeit on separate pairings for the most part; the big question is whether that production is limited by their partnership or whether they both excel and score at the same rate irregardless.
Either way, it’s an expectation that come opening night, these two will be making up a second pairing, that although it won’t strike fear into the opposition, it will be more than able to hold it’s own.
There are questions when he recovers as to whether Prosser or himself did enough in pre-season to maintain the extra spot. The defensive depth in the Minnesota Wild organisation screams out for a trade to be made in order to free up some spots.