Minnesota Wild Award Watch List

Joseph GuntherContributor ISeptember 3, 2009

SUNRISE, FL - OCTOBER 16:  Goaltender Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild redirects a shot attempt against the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center on October 16, 2008 in Sunrise, Florida. The Wild defeated the Panthers 6-2.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The 2009-10 season has not started, but it is not too early to look at the Minnesota Wild's potential award winners.

Last season, the Wild had just one award nominee, but this year could be different.

Todd Richards could win the Jack Adams Award if the Wild have its best season in team history.

Niklas Backstrom needs to continue to put up outstanding numbers and prove he is not a system goaltender to win the Vezina Trophy.

Brent Burns must prove he is healthy and continue to be a defenseman that can put up big offensive numbers to win the Norris Trophy.

Mikko Koivu is the most consistent two-way centers in the NHL, but needs to improve on the plus-two rating of last season to win the Selke Trophy. He also can win the Hart Trophy by dramatically improving his offensive output while leading the Wild.

Tyler Cuma is the Wild's best candidate to win the Calder Trophy, but will he make the NHL roster? He is coming off a knee injury that limited him to half a season.

It is not impossible, but is unlikely the Wild will have a player win an award.

Click here to read the full explanation of each award.