Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter stepping up his game
The learning curve for Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has been rapid. In the first of a two-game road swing through western Canada, Suter put on what coach Mike Yeo called "a clinic" of defensive play in Minnesota's 3-1 victory over the Oilers in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 21, playing more than 31 minutes and contributing an assist, a shot on goal, three shots that were blocked or wide plus one hit. "He was unbelievable," Yeo said after the team traveled to Calgary for Saturday night's game against the Flames at the Saddledome. "How physical he was, how strong he was, just his composure, his ability to skate pucks out of pressure and out of traffic and his ability to get us to the offensive zone, I thought he was a tremendous leader for us." There's more, according to Yeo: The Madison, Wis., native has not only been a key guy in the Wild zone but also has been stepping up to keep the puck in the offensive zone as well as deliver or set up scoring chances. Against the Oilers, Yeo said, "There wasn't one aspect of his game that wasn't dead on."
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