Like the song Big Yellow Taxi says, “don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone? For two games in the play-in series between the Minnesota Wild and the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Suter had an up and down performance, eating minutes and limiting chances, but also suffering some mental breakdowns that led to devastating Canucks goals.
If you can recall back to the first week of August, you might remember a certain Minnesota rookie and Clarkson grad getting his first action of NHL postseason play — 25-year-old rookie Nico Sturm suited up in Game 3 and 4 in replacement of Ryan Donato, and he actually did quite well. Play-In Performance It sure might be hard to grade a player with such a small sample size, and a fourth-liner at that.
Let’s go over some news and notes: - In case you missed it, Mikko Koivu will not be returning to the Wild next season. It’s the end of an era in the State of Hockey. Hockey Wilderness] - The NWHL never finished the Isobel Cup Final.