ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter was in desperate need of a fresh start.
Things had grown complicated with the New York Islanders, the franchise that selected him with the fifth pick of the 2010 NHL Draft. After bringing him to the NHL perhaps a bit too early, the team stashed Niederreiter in the American Hockey League for the entire 2012-13 season.
Still just 20 years old at the time, Niederreiter was traded to the Wild in June for Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round draft pick.
Now 21, Niederreiter has blossomed in Minnesota, already having totaled five times as many points in 29 games with the Wild as he did in 64 with the Islanders. It all started with a new beginning.
"It's confidence and an opportunity," Niederreiter said. "I came here and got an opportunity. When I was traded I knew it was going to be a new challenge."