One of the most reliable defensemen in recent history, Ryan Suter led the league while setting a new career best with a plus-34 rating this past season. Perhaps less is more for the 32-year-old, who averaged 26:55 of ice time per game, his lowest mark since joining the Wild, but still tallied yet another 40-point season -- a notable drop from his 51 in 2015-16, but that assist-heavy total was out of line with his typical production. Intensely consistent and durable, Suter has played a full schedule in four of his past five seasons, but it's also become apparent that he needs some help if the Wild want to snap out of their playoff slump. Still in the midst of his lengthy prime, the Wisconsin native should be in for another typically excellent season as the Wild's top blueliner, though he's not quite as elite in fantasy as he is in real life.
Suter tallied a goal and three shots in 25:08 during a 4-2 loss to the Canucks on Saturday. The goal snapped a five-game scoreless streak and 16-game goalless stretch. Even with the lack of scoring lately, owners can hardly be disappointed with Suter, who now has a career-high nine goals. He also leads the NHL with a plus-32 rating. Perhaps this goal will open things up again for Suter, but it's already been a tremendous season.
Suter dodged what originally appeared to be a serious lower-body injury and will be ready for Thursday's road game against the Blue Jackets, the Star Tribune reports. The jack-of-all-trades veteran departed Tuesday's game against the Jets after taking a crushing hit into the boards, but he'll be back on the top pair with Jared Spurgeon in this next contest. Suter leads the league with an immaculate plus-35 rating; allied skaters Spurgeon and Jason Zucker rank second and third in that category.
Suter (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game against the Jets and was unable to return after a hard hit into the boards, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. The power play for the Wild was already hurting with Zach Parise and Jason Pominville quarantined with the mumps, and Suter's another huge loss. It's uncertain exactly what kind of injury he is dealing with, but an update should be released soon.
Suter picked up a pair of assists with a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 5-2 win against the Predators. Suter slapped the brakes on an 11-game scoreless skid with a goal Thursday, and now he has a goal and three points with a plus-5 rating over his past two outings. He leads the NHL in plus-minus rating at plus-35, and Suter has 63 hits and 77 blocked shots. Even when Suter isn't scoring he is a must-start fantasy option since he contributes favorably in so many categories.
Suter posted a goal, an assist, a blocked shot and plus-4 in Saturday's 5-3 win against the Ducks. Suter celebrated his 32nd birthday in style, scoring just his second goal over the past 15 games. Still, he hasn't left fantasy owners totally empty handed, as he has two goals and nine points with a plus-7 over the past 11 games. The veteran remains an above-average offensive defenseman, and he leads the NHL with a plus-30. Suter also helps fantasy owners in the blocked shots (58) and hits (47) categories.
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