ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter could be considered a bit of a throwback.
Although coaches throughout the NHL are trying to reduce the workloads of their top defensemen, Suter's minutes continue to increase.
Science and technology have made sport-specific training a year-round exercise, but Suter enjoys good, old-fashioned manual labor.
With the days of the 30-minute defenseman seemingly a thing of the past, Suter appears poised to at least threaten the mark this season. Averaging 29:36 per game, Suter leads the NHL in time on ice by more than two minutes.
Ten times this season, Suter has accumulated more than 30 minutes of ice time. Three times, in three consecutive games from Nov. 7-13, Suter played more than 35 minutes (two of those three were 36 minutes). Over that stretch, Suter played 108:19, the most ever in a three-game stretch since the Elias Sports Bureau began tracking the stat in 2000.