Niederreiter has talent to make Wild roster, but no guarantee

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 18, 2013 - 6:25 AM

Nino Niederreiter, acquired in the Cal Clutterbuck trade, has plenty of talent — and competition for a Wild spot.

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puckheadsSep. 17, 1311:20 PM

Granlund, Zucker, Niederrieter, Coyle, Brodin, Dumba, Fontaine, Lucia, Gustafsson, the cupboard is finally stocked.. :)

sage62Sep. 18, 13 7:02 AM

Now, all we need to is to have Yeo coach, instead of downing water bottles and glaring. This team has talent, get it done.

mrblueskySep. 18, 13 8:23 AM

I am excited to see this kid play! He stands in front of the opposing net and stays there? WOW! WE have seen that for years! Welcome to MN kid, we sure can use you!

bullmoose1Sep. 18, 13 9:00 AM

Niño has more talent and a better attitude than 95% plus of the players the Wild have in their system. He was the best player on the ice last night in Columbus and second star. Look for him to score this year.

MassiotSep. 18, 13 9:16 AM

Haha, so I wasn't the only one that noticed almost everytime the camera went to Yeo, he was drinking bottled water. @Puckheads, don't forget Haula and I'm sure a few more!

deepbreathSep. 18, 13 9:52 AM

Watching the game last night, i think the Nino/Clutterbuck trade could turn out to be a steal for us. Nino has all the makings of legit top-6 forward: good size, goes to the net, can handle the puck and he skates well. Doesn't hurt that he is 21 years old. Really like the way the team is starting to fill itself in and it looks like we should be able to get scoring from our top two lines this year.

John LydonSep. 18, 1311:14 AM

No doubt about the upside potential for his skill, but I wouldn't get too excited about Nino's great 'attitude' yet. One of the main reasons the Isles got rid of him was his perceived immaturity, as well as his agent's decision to go public with team related issues. Hopefully he's grown up and the change of scenery works for him

deepbreathSep. 18, 13 1:14 PM

John-That is not entirely true. Read some of the coverage back in 2011 and you'll see guys like Garth Snow and John Capuano seemingly butchered their job of putting this kid in a position to succeed. You do not draft a kid #5 overall and then relegate him to 4th line minutes, with 4th line grinders and expect him to continue his point+ per game average that he had at every level leading up to being drafted, especially when you're dealing with a 19-yr-old kid. Nino is going to be just fine wearing the Iron Range Red.

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