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Part of the problem with younger organizations that have yet to experience NHL success is that they don't have a player who automatically represents the team in people's minds.
The most talented Wild player in their brief history was Marion Gaborik. he was the first pick the Wild ever made in the NHL entry draft. In 2000 they took the Slovakian scorer third overall behind Rick Dipietro and Dany Heatley.
The 18 year old was thrust into the Wild line-up immediately and managed to produce 36 points that first season. In many ways the offensively explosive Gaborik plays a game that is the antithesis of the safe, controlled style the Wild adapted early under their first coach Jacques Lemaire.
Marion Gaborik often makes you think of the qualities that are the opposite of what the Minnesota Wild have come to be known for. Despite that he was a solid 30 goal scorer who showed explosive bursts of speed. He had 17 points in 18 playoff games when the Wild made it to the Western Conference finals in 2003.
Gaborik's high risk style also left him open to injuries. His expensive contract and the fact that he has played an average 54.4 regular season games a year for his last five years in Minnesota made him expendable in that organizations estimation.
Despite that and until someone better comes along Marion Gaborik is/was the most iconic Minnesota Wild player to date.
Future success might see a more complete player like a Mikko Koivu becoming the image of the franchise.
Candidates: Mikko Koivu, Nicklas Backstrom