Saturday, May 31, 2014

2013-14 Season In Review: Nate Prosser

Photo: Ann Heisenfelt/AP
Lets check in with Nate "Processor" Prosser's 2013-14 season.


Minnesota (NHL): Regular Season- 53 GP, 2 G, 6 A, 8 P, 58 PIM
                             Playoffs-10 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 12 PIM


Prosser opened the season as an extra defenseman on the Wild roster. After the departure to Matt Dumba, and injuries to various defenseman (Brodin, Spurgeon, Ballard), Prosser became the team's most commonly used sixth defenseman this season. His highlight of the year came on Hockey Day Minnesota as the Elk River native (Elk River was the host city for HDM) netted the overtime goal for the Wild against Dallas. Prosser played in a majority of the team's playoffs games, but did little in the two series of note. A good year for a guy who only played 17 games for the Wild last season, and their defense was considerably worse.


Status for 2014-15

The Elk River native is a UFA this summer. Young defenseman Matt Dumba, Christian Folin, and Gustav Olofsson will make a push to be on the NHL roster next year. The Wild also have five defenseman on the roster, and they are likely to target a free agent defenseman. Also keep in mind that Jon Blum is an RFA and could very well be used as an extra defenseman next year. So basically, all of this does not add up well for Prosser, who could very well be playing for a different team next season. He played decently for a sixth defenseman, but with the depth the Wild have coming at that position, there is just no room for him going forward.

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