The Minnesota Wild had a lot of things go right for them during the 2013-14 season. They had injuries to several key players, including their goaltenders, Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund, yet still finished well ahead of the Dallas Stars for fourth place in the Central Division. Head coach Mike Yeo gained trust in his young players while leaning on the veterans to get the team to another level.
The Wild have become a destination for free agents. They added one of the most sought-after free agents in Thomas Vanek and have several players fighting for the few remaining roster spots.
Despite the positive momentum the team gained during the season and offseason, the Wild need the young players to continue developing and a few other things to happen to reach the next level. After making the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, the Wild need several players to prove something about their game in order to become perennial Stanley Cup contenders.
Here are five players with the most to prove in 2014.