DES MOINES -- Nate Prosser's career in pro hockey has been anything but easy. The definition of perseverance and sheer effort, Prosser has carved out an impressive -- and perhaps a bit unexpected -- life in the sport.
He's never been the fastest player, the most-skilled player or even the most talented player on any of his pro teams. But you won't find a better teammate or human being. It's what has made him invaluable to the Wild, both at the NHL and AHL levels, during his career.
In the decade since turning pro following a standout run at Colorado College, the Elk River native has been in and out of the lineup and has been signed by a different team twice only to be claimed back by the Wild both times shortly thereafter. This season, he was sent down to the American Hockey League for the first time in eight years.