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The NHL is littered with players born in Minnesota. Let’s take a quick trip around the league and see how they’re all doing!
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Matt Cullen-Moorhead, MN-Pittsburgh Penguins: In 18 games this season, Cully has 3 goals, 6 assists, and a +2 rating.

Zach Parise-Minneapolis, MN-Minnesota Wild: The pride of Minnesota, Parise Bake Oven has been hindered by injuries this season and has just 2 goals and 4 assists in 10 games.

David Backes-Spring Lake Park, MN-Boston Bruins: Backes is off to a solid start in his new home in Boston. He has 4 goals and 7 assists and a respectable +9 rating in 13 games so far this season.

Blake Wheeler-Plymouth, MN-Winnipeg Jets: Wheeler has had a very good NHL career and is continuing that trend this season with 14 points (6 goals and 8 assists) in 21 games.

Dustin Byfuglien-Roseau, MN-Winnipeg Jets: Big Buff has always done big things in his career and this season is no different, although the goals are down from past years. He’s found twine just once this year, but has added 9 assists to that as well.

Kyle Okposo-St. Paul, MN-Buffalo Sabres: Okposo was a terrific compliment to
John Tavares during his time in New York, but has struggled to find that game in Buffalo. He has 5 goals and 5 assists and a +1 rating in 17 games.

Derek Stepan-Hastings, MN-New York Rangers: The Rangers are off to an incredible start and Stepan has been a huge part of that. He has 12 points (2 goals and 10 assists) in 19 games. 4 of those 12 points have come on the Power Play.

Paul Martin-Elk River, MN-San Jose Sharks: Likely nearing the end of his seasoned NHL Career, Martin has been very quiet with the Sharks tallying just 4 assists in 18 games.

Alex Goligoski-Grand Rapids, MN-Arizona Coyotes: Goligoski is seeing big minutes down in the desert and has put up 7 assists, 2 on the power play, in 17 games with the Yotes.

Matt Niskanen-Virginia, MN-Washington Capitals: Niskanen has been manning the Capitals blue line for a few years now and he has 9 helpers in double the amount of games this season.

Erik Johnson-Bloomington, MN-Colorado Avalanche: The Academy of Holy Angels product has 8 assists with the Avs this season in 17 games. Four of those 8 have come on the Power Play.

Tom Gilbert-Bloomington, MN-Los Angeles Kings: Gilbert has been quiet for the Kings this season with just 1 goal and 3 assists in 12 games. He was suspended 3 games for boarding earlier on in the season.

Ryan McDonaugh-St. Paul, MN-New York Rangers: Like Joe Mauer, the Cretin-
Durham Hall alumni has made his home state proud by having a very successful professional career. McDonagh has produced a respectable 11 assists and +9 rating in 19 games for the Blue Shirts in 2016.

Nick Leddy-Eden Prairie, MN-New York Islanders: Becoming a face for the Islander blue line, Leddy has just 7 points (3 goals and 4 assists) and an awful -9 rating in 16 games this year.

Justin Faulk-South St. Paul, MN-Carolina Hurricanes: Perhaps one of Carolina’s best and most dependable players. Faulk has 3 goals and 4 assists in 14 games this season. He missed 3 games due to an upper body injury a few weeks ago.

Jake Gardiner-Minnetonka, MN-Toronto Maple Leafs: One of the many young stars the Leafs are looking to build their franchise around, Gardiner has contributed 3 goals and 5 assists in 18 games for Toronto this year.

Brock Nelson-Warroad, MN-New York Islanders: Nelson has developed into a stud for the Minnesota-heavy Islanders. He has pitched in 5 goals, 7 assists, and a +3 rating in 17 games for the Isles.

Anders Lee-Edina, MN-New York Islanders: In tandem with Brock Nelson, Lee has also been very successful on Long Island, but seems to have hit a road block in 2016. He has just 1 goal and 1 assist in 17 games and is only averaging about 12 minutes of ice time per game.

Jamie McBain-Edina, MN-Arizona Coyotes: McBain hasn’t been all that great this
year. He played in just 3 games and did not register a point with the Coyotes and as a result was sent to the AHL.

Matt Hendricks-Blaine, MN-Edmonton Oilers: Hendricks just came off an injury and has 1 assist in 2 games with the Oilers. He is playing a fourth line role.

Justin Braun-White Bear Lake, MN-San Jose Sharks. The former Bear has been rather irrelevant this season with just 2 assists and a -4 rating in 18 games with the Sharks.

Mark Stuart-Rochester, MN-Winnipeg Jets: Stuart has been in and out of the Jets lineup this season and has no points in 6 games.

J.T. Brown-Rosemount, MN-Tampa Bay Lightning: Brown has measly 3 poins (1 goal, 2 assists) in 18 games with the Bolts this season. This isn’t all that surprising though as he’s never been a big offensive producer.

Chris VandeVelde- Moorhead, MN-Philadelphia Flyers-The former Spud is averaging about 10 minutes of ice time per night has a 2 goals and an assist in Philly this year.

Nate Prosser-Elk River, MN-Minnesota Wild: Prosser has been used as a forward and defensemen for the Wild this year, but hasn’t produced much as he has just 1 assist in 8 games.

Nate Schmidt-St. Cloud, MN-Washington Capitals: Schmidt has 5 assists in 16 games with the Capitals in 2016. His career is definitely on the up.

Jordan Schroeder-Burnsville, MN-Minnesota/Iowa Wild: The former Cadet has suited up just twice for Minnesota this season, but is having a very successful season in Iowa.

Matt Tennyson-Minneapolis, MN-Carolina Hurricanes: Recovering from a concussion, Tennyson has no points in 4 games with the Canes this year.

Brady Skjei-Lakeville, MN-New York Rangers: Skjei has found his stride in the NHL with the Rangers. The youngster has 11 assists already in just 19 games. Look for him to be one the best up and coming Minnesotans in the NHL.

Tyler Pitlick-Minneapolis, MN-Edmonton Oilers: The former Centennial Cougar has found the back of the net 6 times for the Oilers this season and has chipped in an apple as well in 19 games played.

Derek Forbort-Duluth, MN-Los Angeles King: Forbort, the former Greyhound, has a goal and 4 assists for the Kings this season and has spent 32 minutes in the Sin Bin.

Casey Nelson-Stillwater, MN-Buffalo Sabres: Nelson has struggled to find his place in the Sabres lineup. He played 8 games and failed to register a point while donning a -4 rating before being demoted to the AHL.

Kyle Rau-Eden Prairie, MN-Florida Panthers: Rau had goals in back to back games a week ago which are his only two on the year, but he seems to be starting to find his game and is worth keeping an eye on.

Zane McIntyre-Thief River Falls, MN-Boston Bruins: McIntyre has struggled between the pipes. He came in relief for Malcom Subban when the Bruins played the Wild and lost both of his other two starts surrendering 10 goals in those two games.

Nick Bjugstad-Blaine, MN-Florida Panthers: Bjugstad has sat out the entire season so far with a hand injury, but is expected to make his season debut tonight against the Flyers.

Jake Guentzel-Maplewood, MN-Pittsburgh Penguins: Guentzel made his debut last night for the Penguins and the former Hill-Murray Pioneer scored two goals including on his first shot on his first shift. He got to skate alongside former Gopher Phil Kessel and Russian Superstar Evgeni Malkin. Not bad.

Which Minnesota player do you enjoy watching the most or are most excited to watch this season? Let us know in the comments!

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2 Comments

Jake Guentzel has a pretty cool debut story! Loved watching that video with the family reaction. 

Brett Marshall
Nov 23 2016 06:07 PM
Definitely did! A close family friend of mine played youth hockey with him and went to Hill, needless to say she was pretty stoked