Minnesota Wild Season Preview; Ranking the Northwest Division Left Wings

Joseph GuntherContributor IAugust 25, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16:  Guillaume Latendresse #48 of the Minnesota Wild shoots to score his third goal of the night against the Phoenix Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 16, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Wild 6-4.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The National Hockey League’s Northwest Division is not deep with left wings.

The majority of the better forwards are centermen.

The Colorado Avalanche is thin at left wing. The top player at this position for the Avs is T.J. Galiardi. He is still developing as an NHL player.

The Vancouver Canucks are the deepest team in the division at left wing. Daniel Sedin leads the way with Alexandre Burrows and Mason Raymond behind him.

The Calgary Flames some talent at left wing. Rene Bourque is the best. Alex Tanguay and Niklas Hagman fill in the second and third spots.

The Edmonton Oilers really have just one left wing of note and all of his buzz is potential. Taylor Hall, the No. 1 overall pick in June's entry draft, may already be the Oilers' best player.

The Minnesota Wild struggle to score goals, but at left wing it has two of its best. Andrew Brunette and Guillaume Latendresse led the team in goals.