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Wilderness Walk: A Hero is Born

Suter is unhappy, a Finnish phenom is sore after making 100 saves, and some power rankings in today’s Walk

Vegas Golden Knights v Minnesota Wild Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Today’s walk is right on time, but yesterday’s was late because of some technical glitches on my end. In my hour of need, a man stepped forward and took on the mantle of hero. Gratitude to The Noogie for covering for me yesterday. Today’s song choice is for him.

Wild News

Harsh words from veteran Ryan Suter after Wild's latest loss
Suter is a little salty and I am here for it.

Wild Recall Joel Eriksson Ek From Iowa | Zone Coverage - Cold Omaha
You knew he was going to come back sooner or later.

Doing 'right thing' keeps Zack Mitchell coming back to Wild
Has it already been seven straight games with Mitchell in the lineup!?

On Frozen Pond

Paralyzed by a hockey injury, Minnesota native Jack Jablonski finds purpose, and sees movement, off the ice | Duluth News Tribune

Stick tap for Jack

16-year-old Finnish goalie who stopped 100 shots is, ‘a little bit tired on my legs’ | The Hockey News
Also stick tap for Juuso Kopra

Tending the Fields

Prospect Need to Know: Ryan Poehling and Casey Mittelstadt heating up | The Hockey News
These kids are finding the next gear at the right time.

Off the Trail

Power Rankings: Streaking Kings snatch crown with six-straight wins | The Hockey News
The Wild continue to tread water in the power rankings.

Ovechkin moves into 20th on all-time goals list, but his climb has only begun | The Hockey News
“Oven Chicken” (as my wife likes to call him) is the best goal scorer the NHL has ever seen. Fight me.

2017 NHL Draft Picks Having the Best Seasons
There are so many factors that going into a draft pick having immediate success in the NHL, and most of them are outside the player’s control so it shouldn’t be too surprising that most of these guys have yet to really shine in the Big Show.

13 NHL Teams That Never Won the Stanley Cup
You know who features on this list.

By the Numbers: 9 amazing early-season stats |

NHL Power Rankings: Realistic Trade Bait Edition -
Nope. Never. Not gonna happen. It would screw up the D-corps even more.

PHT Morning Skate: Kovalchuk urges clean Russian athletes to go to Olympics
More links for your hockey reading pleasure.