The 5 Players That Will Determine the Season for the Minnesota Wild

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The 5 Players That Will Determine the Season for the Minnesota Wild
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Niklas Backstrom looks to lead the Wild as they face higher expectations this upcoming season.

After their first playoff run since 2007-08 ended in a disappointing loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Wild are poised to once again make a run at the playoffs this season. 

The Wild's new stars Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Jason Pominville will be experiencing a full Wild training camp for the first time. The Wild will look to use this opportunity to build the chemistry that is absolutely necessary for a Stanley Cup contender. 

However, the Wild will not be able to build on their playoff success without consistent performances from many key players this season. While players like Parise, Suter, Mikko Koivu and Pominville will likely lead the way for the Wild this year, these players have proven to be consistent and reliable so far in their careers. They will likely not make or break the Wild's season.

Instead, five players look to have a significant impact on the Wild's 2012-13 season. If these players do not step up and meet expectations, the Wild will likely not be able to build upon last season's first-round playoff loss. Starting with the honorable mentions, the players that will likely determine the outcome of the Wild's season will be discussed in the upcoming slides.


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