After some early-season struggles, the Minnesota Wild have come on strong in recent weeks, winning seven of their last 10 and taking over the top spot in the Northwest Division and third place overall in the Western Conference. And forward Devin Setoguchi has been one of the players leading the charge for the Wild.
After a breakout campaign with the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09 in which he scored 31 goals and 65 points in 81 games, Setoguchi was never really able to replicate, or improve upon, that level of production for the Sharks, scoring 36 points and 41 points in the two respective seasons following. He was eventually traded to the Minnesota Wild in 2011 in exchange for defenseman Brent Burns just days after signing a three-year extension with the Sharks.
The former first-round draft pick has really picked up his play lately. After only contributing six points in the team’s first 17 games this season, Setoguchi has caught fire with seven goals and 11 points over the past 10 games. He has been a plus-11 over the last 30 days with 38 shots on goal. Owned in only 33 percent of all Yahoo fantasy hockey leagues, Setoguchi could definitely provide a spark to a team in need of some offensive depth in the weeks leading up to fantasy playoffs.
As for the Wild, having Setoguchi contributing regularly is only an added bonus and gives the opposition’s defense just another talented forward to worry about. The team is in a dead heat with the Vancouver Canucks for tops in the division, but they have certainly laid to rest any initial concerns from their slow start to the season.