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Suter Voted NHL First All-Star Team

by Mike Doyle / Minnesota Wild

The month of July has been good to Ryan Suter. The defenseman signed a 13-year contract to play with the Wild 364 days ago. Today, he learned that he was voted to the 2012-13 NHL First All-Star Team.

In his first season in Minnesota, Suter becomes the first Wild player in franchise history to be voted onto the postseason NHL First All-Star Team. He joins D-partner Jonas Brodin, who was named to the All-Rookie Team over the weekend, as the only two Wild players be voted onto an All-NHL Team.

Suter led all NHL players and set a Wild franchise record with an average TOI/game of 27:16 in 2012-13, topping 30:00 on ice during 10 games, including a career-best 32:54 at Colorado (4/27). The Madison, Wisc., native posted 32 points (4-28=32) in 48 contests to rank second in assists and third in scoring amongst all NHL defensemen. Suter led the Wild in assists and blocked shots (74), and ranked T-2nd with seven multi-point games. Minnesota posted a 15-1-1 record when he recorded a rating of plus-one or better. Suter also skated a franchise playoff record 41:08 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Chicago.

Suter earned 713 votes (112, first; 46, second; 15, third), second to Montreal's P.K. Subban among defensemen. The Minnesota blueliner was a finalist for the Norris Trophy, as the League's top defenseman, finishing second in voting behind Subban. This is the first time the 28-year-old has made an NHL All-Star Team.

Joining Suter on the 2012-13 NHL First All-Star Team: Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby, Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz.

Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.

Full list of NHL All-Stars is below:

pos 2012-13 First all-star Team
gp W l oT GAA Sv%
G Sergei bobovsky, Columbus 38 21 11 6 2.00 .932
PoS 2012-13 first All-star team gp mins. g a pts
d P.K. Subban, Montreal 42 23:14 11 27 38
d Ryan Suter, Minnesota 48 27:16 4 28 32
c Sidney Crosby, Pittsbugh 36 21:06 15 41 56
rw alex ovechkin, washington 48 20:53 32 24 56
lw chris kunitz, pittsburgh 48 18:01 22 30 52

pos 2012-13 second all-star Team
gp W l oT GAA Sv%
G Henrik lundqvist, new york 43 24 16 3 2.05 .926
PoS 2012-13 Second All-star team gp mins. g a pts
d francois beauchemin, anaheim 48 23:27 6 18 24
d kris leang, pittsburgh 35 25:38 5 33 38
c jonathan toews, chicago 47 19:20 23 25 48
rw Martin st. louis, tampa bay 48 21:59 17 43 60
lw alex ovechkin, washington 48 20:53 32 24 56

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