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The 2017-18 All-Minnesota NHL Team

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Here’s the best possible team of active NHL players, made up exclusively of Minnesotans.

Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs
Does Mittelstadt make your team?
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Ok readers, this is it, the moment none of you have been waiting for (because it just occurred to me):

The 2017-18 All Minnesota NHL Team

The Rules:

  • All players included on the roster must have played in the NHL in the 2017-18 season.
  • All players must also be “from” Minnesota. Being born in the State of Hockey isn’t a prerequisite, but all included players must have spent more time than just playing here for a brief stint.

My Team:

Forwards:

Anders Lee - Derek Stepan - Blake Wheeler

Zach Parise - Nick Bjugstad - Brock Boeser

Brock Nelson - David Backes - Kyle Okposo

Casey Mittelstadt - Matt Cullen - Tyler Pitlick

Defense:

Ryan McDonagh - Justin Faulk

Nick Leddy - Dustin Byfuglien

Jake Gardiner - Matt Niskanen

Goalies:

Alex Stalock

Charlie Lindgren

What I Learned:

  • Basically every quality player from Minnesota shoots right.
  • We need more goalies.
  • We can field a pretty darn good team if you are as comfortable with moving players out of their natural positions as I am.

Let Me Have It

Who did I forget? What did I screw up? Who makes your team?