The Minnesota Wild have built a very impressive group of skilled wingers.
The transformation from the rough and tumble, grinding forwards to offensively gifted players began when Chuck Fletcher took over as General Manager.
Last summer, his hard work to build a good prospect base reached a head when Minneapolis native Zach Parise signed to play at home.
He is expected to be joined on the top line with Jason Pominville, who was acquired at the trade deadline last season.
The Wild has scoring depth on the other lines with Mikael Granlund, Dany Heatley, Nino Niederreiter and Justin Fontaine expected to fill secondary roles.
The checking line roles figure to be Matt Cooke and Torrey Mitchell. They are not going to lead the team in any offensive categories, but can pitch in when the opportunity arises.
Fletcher has reinforcements in Iowa if the need should come up. Last season's Game 3 playoff hero Jason Zucker will begin the season in the AHL along with Raphael Bussieres and Brett Bulmer. Jake Dowell and Carson McMillan are also available if the team needs a checking line wing.
Here is how the Wild's No. 1 wing, Zach Parise, stacks up with the other No. 1 wings in the Central Division.