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NHL Central Division: Team Offense Comparison For 2016-17

By Colin Likas
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Mar 31, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) celebrates his goal in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 7: Minnesota Wild

In pretty much all of my posts about the Central Division, I describe the Wild as boring, one-note and unexciting. That certainly applies to the offense, which is fine, but nothing to write home about.

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It could be better, I suppose. Zach Parise is probably past his prime but is still a solid contributor on offense, notching 53 points last season. Jason Pominville can produce when not underperforming, which seems to be a consistent problem. Ryan Suter has a heck of a shot from the blue line.

But there’s just so many guys who feel like fringe second-liners but who are asked to provide much more. Nino Niederreiter, Mikko Koivu, Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker fall into that mold. What Eric Staal can still consistently offer is also up for debate.

The blue line beyond Suter also doesn’t offer much offensively. And so, you end up with a group that’s just fine, but nothing more. The Wild finishing with 216 goals — tied for second-worst in the Central Division — reflects that.

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