The Minnesota Wild have a solid group of defensemen led at the top by Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin.
Both were a huge part in getting the Wild to the Stanley Cup playoffs last season. Both racked up big minutes and both give the Wild hopes of having a dominant shutdown duo for many years to come.
The depth behind them is a mixed bag of results.
The most intriguing defenseman on the Wild roster is Mathew Dumba. He is still eligible to play juniors, but could force his way into the lineup for the full season. He has so much skill, but the question is whether or not he can control his game and let it come. He has a tendency to try to do too much.
Newcomer Keith Ballard struggled the last few seasons for the Vancouver Canucks after starring for the Florida Panthers. He is looking for a fresh start and playing at home (Baudette native and former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher) could be just the thing he needs.
The team also has Marco Scandella, Clayton Stoner, Jared Spurgeon and Nate Prosser returning from last season.
The Wild currently has all eight defensemen on their roster and most likely needs to find a way to clear up space through a trade or waivers.
Here is how the Wild's best defenseman, Ryan Suter, stacks up with the other No. 1 defenders in the Central Division.