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22 Jan 2019

NHL 19: Minnesota Wild Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

NHL 19: Minnesota Wild Player Ratings, Roster & Top
Prospects

Can you take the Minnesota Wild to glory with this roster?

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Jason Zucker, Left Wing, 85 OVR

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Ryan Suter, Defenseman, 88 OVR

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Devan Dubnyk, Goaltender, 88 OVR

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 NHL 19 Minnesota Wild Roste  r

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Jordan Greenway  , Left Wing, 76 OVR

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NHL 19 Minnesota Wild Top Prospects

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The Minnesota Wild boasts many great players dotted over their lines as well as some top prospects emerging into the NHL lines. But, for the most part, the core which has remained the same for the past few years just doesn’t seem to be enough to push the team into becoming feared postseason contenders, with their playoffs ending in the first round in each of the last three seasons. 

Jason Zucker, Left Wing, 85 OVR

Age: 26Role: Two-WayHeight: 180cmWeight: 85kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 89 Offensive Awareness. 88 Deking, Hand-Eye, Puck Control, Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy 

Jason Zucker is a skillful and nimble wing who has an eye for goal. Last season, the American established himself as one of the team’s top players by scoring 33 goals and 64 points to trail only Eric Staal among Wild skaters. This season, his form has dropped, as has the team’s as a whole, collecting 23 points by the 43-game mark, but given the age of Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, and Eric Staal, Zucker is expected to become a more important piece as these veterans slide towards retirement. 

Ryan Suter, Defenseman, 88 OVR

Age: 33Role: Defensive DefensemanHeight: 188cmWeight: 92kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 92 Defensive Awareness. 90 Passing, Puck Control, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Endurance 

The best defensive defenseman in NHL 19 certainly boasts some helpful stats, including 90s in defensive attributes, 88s in skating, and 90s for passing and puck control. This does very well to reflect Suter’s defense-first thinking on the ice, and his reliability when on the puck. Despite his defensive mindset, Suter clocked in 51 points last season and is third for the Wild in this campaign with 28 points in 44 games. 

Devan Dubnyk, Goaltender, 88 OVR

Age: 32Role: HybridHeight: 198cmWeight: 99kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 92 Vision. 91 Angles, Breakaway, Stick Low 

Devan Dubnyk’s slide in numbers last season is more likely a reflection of team performances rather than his own as he was still a game-winner on many occasions. With 35 wins, five shutouts, and a 2.52 goals against average, Dubnyk held firm throughout the season to help his team. This season, his numbers have taken a slight hit again, but his stats in NHL 19 make him a reliable starting goaltender.

NHL 19 Minnesota Wild Roster

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Minnesota Wild’s first lines start. Minnesota’s strength is in their depth, with a lack of a highly-rated, game-changing star present on the lines. Ryan Suter is a very tough player to play against, as is Devan Dubnyk. 

Zach Parise (83) – Eric Staal (85) – Jason Zucker (85)Ryan Suter (88) – Jared Spurgeon (84)Devan Dubnyk (88)

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Best Stats
Matt Dumba85Two-Way Defenseman183cm24Right90 Slap Shot Power. 89, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Wrist Shot Power, Aggressiveness
Mikael Granlund85Playmaker Center178cm26Left90 Acceleration, Agility, Deking
Eric Staal85Playmaker Center193cm33Left89 Passing, Puck Control, Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness
Jared Spurgeon84Two-Way Defenseman175cm28Right95 Discipline. 91 Stick Checking. 90 Deking, Passing, Puck Control, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Nino Niederreiter84Right Wing Sniper188cm26Left89 Deking, Hand-Eye. 88 Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Power
Mikko Koivu84Two-Way Center191cm35Left89 Balance, Strength. 88 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking
Charlie Coyle83Power Forward Center191cm26Right90 Strength, Balance. 89 Slap Shot Power
Jonas Brodin83Two-Way Defenseman185cm25Left95 Discipline. 88 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Endurance, Speed
Zach Parise83Left Wing Playmaker180cm34Left91 Discipline. 88 Speed, Acceleration, Agility
Marcus Foligno79Left Wing Power Forward191cm27Left89 Strength, Aggressiveness, Balance
J.T. Brown78Two-Way Right Wing178cm28Right87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Luke Kunin78Two-Way Center183cm20Right85 Strength, Durability, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power, Balance, Speed
Joel Eriksson Ek77Sniper Center185cm21Left88 Speed. 86 Acceleration, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Strength
Gustav Olofsson*77Defensive Defenseman191cm23Left87 Discipline, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking
Greg Pateryn77Defensive Defenseman191cm28Right89 Strength, Balance. 87 Shot Blocking, Aggressiveness
Eric Fehr77Right Wing Grinder193cm33Right88 Balance, Strength. 87 Body Checking, Stick Checking, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Matt Hendricks76Left Wing Grinder183cm37Left90 Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength
Matt Read75Two-Way Left Wing178cm32Right90 Discipline. 85 Stick Checking, Durability
Nick Seeler75Defensive Defenseman185cm25Left87 Balance, Strength, Body Checking
Alex Stalock80Hybrid Goaltender183cm31Left86 Agility, Speed. 85 Five Hole, Glove Low, Stick Low, Recover, Aggressiveness, Durability, Vision

*Gustav Olofsson traded to the Montreal Canadiens on October 3 

Jordan Greenway, Left Wing, 76 OVR

Age: 21Role: Power ForwardHeight: 198cmWeight: 103kgShoots: LeftPotential: Top 6 med

The most appealing factor of Jordan Greenway in NHL 19 is his role as a power forward and his immense size – 198cm tall and 103kg in weight. With decent and improving skating stats, fair puck skills, and physical ratings at 85 or greater, Greenway is already a fun player to have on the lines and can become one of the most well-rounded forwards in the game. 

There are already plenty of younger players plying their trade in Minnesota’s NHL lines, so the lack of overall talent in the prospect pool doesn’t matter too much. In the Wild’s collection of prospects there are a couple of names who could develop into NHL players for your franchise, such as Filip Johansson, Ivan Lodnia, Mason Shaw, and Ales Stezka, but all in a bottom line or backup role. 

NHL 19 Minnesota Wild Top Prospects

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Potential
Filip Johansson55Two-Way Defenseman185cm18RightTop 6 med
Damien Giroux55Playmaker Center175cm18LeftBottom 6 med
Alexander Khovanov59Playmaker Center180cm18LeftTop 6 low
Jacob Golden50Defensive Defenseman180cm19LeftAHL Top 2 low
Simon Johansson56Two-Way Defenseman188cm19Right7th D med
Connor Dewar58Playmaker Center178cm19RightBottom 6 med
Ivan Lodnia60Right Wing Playmaker175cm19RightTop 9 med
Shawn Boudrias61Right Wing Power Forward191cm19RightBottom 6 med
Mason Shaw64Playmaker Center173cm19LeftTop 9 med
Dmitry Sokolov66Sniper Center183cm20LeftTop 9 med
Dante Salituro59Playmaker Center175cm21RightBottom 6 med
Gustav Bouramman60Two-Way Defenseman183cm21Right7th D med
Brennan Menell70Two-Way Defenseman178cm21Right7th D med
Kaapo Kahkonen69Butterfly Goaltender185cm22LeftFringe Starter med
Ales Stezka68Butterfly Goaltender193cm21LeftBackup med