Top scorer Zach Parise is just one of the many familiar faces who will make their preseason debut for the Minnesota Wild Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets. Parise will see his first preseason action at Xcel Energy Center, along with other big-name players like Ryan Suter, captain Mikko Koivu, Jason Pominville and Jonas Brodin.
Parise and Suter were the centerpiece of the team's off-season makeover in 2012, as Minnesota signed the pair to 13-year contracts worth $98 million each. Pominville was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at last season's Trade Deadline and was immediately placed on the team's top line alongside Parise and Koivu. Saturday night against Winnipeg will be the trio's first opportunity to recapture some of the chemistry they found late last season.
Suter and Brodin, who was one of the League's best rookies in 2012-13, made up the team's top defensive pairing all of last season. So they are expected to shake off some of the rust as well.
With all these high-profile additions to the lineup, Wild coach Mike Yeo said that forwards Matt Cooke, Kyle Brodziak and Torrey Mitchell will get the night off.