Adam Stafki | @NorthernRinkRat

Adam is based out of White Bear Lake, MN and covers the Minnesota Wild for THW. Despite being one of the handful of Minnesotans to never play the game he has been a lifelong fan of the NHL and NCAA.

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Norris Trophy Breakdown: Point Production is the Key to Victory

If there is one thing that the NHL media loves to do (other than talk about the Maple Leafs collapse) it’s to predict the future. The playoff seeds haven’t even […]

by · April 10, 2014 · 0 comments · News/Commentary
Ilya Bryzgalov has made a steady transition from Edmonton to Minnesota and has amassed a very formidable 4-0-2 record for the Wild while the team's netminding situation has been anything steady. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

The Minnesota Wild and the Perpetual Carousel of Starting Goalies

Like every other organization in the NHL the Minnesota Wild entered the 2013-14 season with a few question marks. A combination of limited cap space and emerging young talent had […]

by · April 2, 2014 · 0 comments · Minnesota Wild
Mikael Granlund was certainly celebrating his fair share of points before he left to Sochi, and might be in line to celebrate many more after being Team Finland's leading offensive contributor. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

The Transcendent Rise of Mikael Granlund

Heading into the 2012 offseason the Minnesota Wild didn’t have much left in the positivity tank. They had gone from leading the NHL in points on December 17th to finishing […]

by · March 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Minnesota Wild

2008 NHL Draft Lookback: The Year of the Franchise Defenseman

The NHL landscape is littered with highly touted defensemen who could never quite fulfill the expectations that come along with the 1st round nametag. In fact, you can go year […]

by · March 13, 2014 · 1 comment · Hockey History
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Tough Schedule Highlights the Minnesota Wild’s Fight for the Playoffs

The end of 2013 could not have come soon enough for the Minnesota Wild. After spending the first two-and-a-half months competing for a top three spot in the Central Division […]

by · March 10, 2014 · 0 comments · Minnesota Wild
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Evander Kane’s Season of Redemption

When it comes to calling an upcoming season as a redemptive one for a player there is usually a reason behind the claim. In most cases the player had failed […]

by · January 29, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Winnipeg Jets
Shattenkirk will likely fill in on Team USA's second pairing (Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE)

Top Five Defensemen Under 25

When it comes to talented youth playing in the NHL one word comes to mind: plentiful. Every team in the league seems to have a budding superstar who is on […]

by · January 25, 2013 · 6 comments · News/Commentary
Tarasenko missed 10 games due to injury in 2012-13 (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

Vladimir Tarasenko’s Blazing Start is More Than Just Stats

Six minutes and thirty-six seconds, that’s how long it took for Vladimir Tarasenko to introduce himself to the NHL. Fifteen minutes later he made it clear that he was there […]

by · January 23, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · St Louis Blues
Buchnevich's playing style is close to fellow countryman, Vladimir Tarasenko.

Vladimir Tarasenko Might be the Missing Link in St. Louis

It’s no secret that the Blues have struggled in the offensive zone in recent years. In fact, in the seven seasons since the 2004-2005 lockout the Blues have finished in […]

by · January 15, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · St Louis Blues
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Dawn of the T. J. Oshie Era in St. Louis

The 2005 NHL Draft was like any other. Every organization walked into the Westin Hotel in Ottawa hoping to select a player that would forever change the fate of their […]

by · January 13, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · St Louis Blues
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Is it Time to Split the Norris Trophy?

The NHL is no stranger to the idea of change. Its history has been built upon it.  From the decision to limit teams to one goal per power play in […]

by · October 24, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Hockey History, News/Commentary
In Search of the Future King of Russian Hockey

In Search of the Future King of Russian Hockey

Within the NHL, an almost decade-long battle among elite players continues. Every season, these players collect titles and raise trophies and their fans, as well as a few detractors, are […]

by · October 18, 2012 · 2 comments · News/Commentary, Prospects