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(I know you're scratching your head, but hear my wild card out)
A native of Hastings, Minnesota, Taffe starred at the University of Minnesota. But since being drafted by the Blues with the 30th overall pick in 2000, the 1999 Minnesota Mr. Hockey has yet to find a stable home at the NHL level.
After suiting up for 12 different professional organizations, the journeyman has found his way home, signing a one-year, two-way deal with the Wild.
At 6'3", 215 pounds, the 30-year-old recorded 30 goals and 37 assists in 74 games last year for the Rockford IceHogs (AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks). His 67 points were 12th best in the American Hockey League.
Taffe has shown he can score at the minor league level with 376 points in 463 AHL games. However, the former Golden Gopher has just 44 points in 175 NHL contests. In short, he's a AAAA player.
He's not on this list because I think he'll finish 12th in the NHL in points. But how good of a feel-good story would this be?
I know I'm going way outside the box on this one, but Taffe has nothing to lose and could be a good bottom six forward.
You know what they say: "there's no place like home..."