Minnesota Wild Player News: All Positions

News: Zuccarello produced 15 goals and 37 points in 65 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
Impact: Zuccarello's first season with the Wild has gone rather unspectacularly. He recorded 37 points in 46 games with the Rangers last year before being shipped to Dallas and suffering a season-ending injury in just his second game with the club. The Norwegian is a ways off the 61, 59 and 53 points he put up in the three prior campaigns, so it might be worth adjusting your expectations as he enters his age-33 season.
News: Parise piled up 25 goals and 46 points in 69 games prior to the mid-March pause of play.
Impact: The 35-year-old hometown favorite continues to fill the net in the State of Hockey. After two campaigns during which he failed to reach the 20-goal plateau, Parise roared back to the tune of 28 last year before notching 25 so far in 2019-20, which is a nice bit of renaissance for one of the game's true good guys. Also encouraging are Parise's 18 power-play points, which are his most since 2013-14's 20. As long as he can stay healthy, the 2003 17th overall pick has shown he's got plenty left in the tank as he approaches the final chunk of his career.
News: Suter racked up 48 points in 69 games before play was suspended in mid-March.
Impact: Now in his 15th NHL campaign, the 35-year-old blueliner just keeps getting it done. Suter ranks in the top 10 in both league ice time and points among defensemen. He appeared poised to take a run at double-digit goals (eight) for the first time in his career, as well as the triple-digit blocked-shot plateau (93) for the seventh consecutive campaign. Two things that really jump out for the Wisconsin native are the fact he's produced one more point than last year despite playing in 13 less games, and -- perhaps even more impressively -- that he's done that while averaging over two minutes less of ice time (24:38 compared to 26:42 in 2018-19). Suter is as durable as they come, and if he can keep producing at an elite rate despite receiving less ice time, owners need not look elsewhere.
News: Kaprizov -- who has yet to sign an entry-level deal -- will likely not be able to link up with the Wild for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: According to the reports, Kaprizov had hoped to burn the first year of his NHL deal by joining Minnesota for the rest of the 2019-20 season. However, it appears the league plans to require all college, junior and European contracts to begin with 2020-21. The NHL's decision could complicate the Wild's pursuit of the Russian winger. The 23-year-old is coming off a KHL season in which he racked up 33 goals and 29 helpers in 57 contests with CSKA Moscow.
News: Mayhew was atop the AHL's goal scoring board with 39 tallies in 49 contests when the league shuttered the 2019-20 season.
Impact: Mayhew was second only to Reid Boucher in points per game (1.24) among players with at least 10 AHL games this season. The 26-year-old Mayhew did see action in 13 NHL contests in 2019-20, as well, in which he notched two goals, 16 shots and 11 hits while averaging 11:33 of ice time. Heading into next year, the Michigan native should get an extended look for a spot on the Wild's 23-man roster.
News: Anas led the AHL with 70 points in 63 games this season prior to the league canceling the remainder of the year.
Impact: Anas is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and could field plenty of offers due to the league's impending cap crunch. The 26-year-old went undrafted coming out of Quinnipiac University and spent the past four years playing for the Wild's affiliate in Iowa. Minnesota should have the inside track to secure the center's services next year, though he will likely be hoping one of the NHL's 31 clubs will offer him a one-way deal.
News: Koivu would consider playing in his native Finland if he doesn't have any NHL options this summer, per Michael Russo of The Athletic.
Impact: Koivu is set to hit the free-agent market this summer and is 37 years of age, so the idea of him hanging it up in the NHL certainly isn't out of left field. The veteran was limited to just 55 games this year, in part due to injury, and recorded his lowest point total (21) since his rookie season back in 2005-06. If the center is willing to accept a significantly reduced cap hit compared to the $5.5 million he cost Minnesota this season, there could be a handful of teams interested in signing him.
News: Jones agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Minnesota on Thursday.
Impact: Jones was selected by the Wild with the 59th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the fourth goalie taken that year. In 49 appearances for OHL Peterborough this year, the 19-year-old has registered a 2.75 GAA and .913 save percentage. Considering the organization already has five netminders in the system, Jones figures to stay in juniors for another year before making the jump to the professional ranks.
News: Fiala has posted 23 goals and 31 assists through 64 games this season.
Impact: Fiala surged to 15 points in his last 10 games before play in the NHL was halted. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a career year to date, posting career highs in assists and points (54), and he currently sits atop the roster leading the team in points this campaign. Fiala's play had finally started to match his lofty expectations that the team had for him since he was acquired at the trade deadline last year from Nashville. If the youngster can keep his confidence on a consistent basis going forward, he'll likely continue to pace the Wild while warranting serious fantasy value.
News: Chaffee signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Wild on Tuesday.
Impact: Chaffee has spent the past three seasons at the University of Massachusetts, totaling 47 goals and 95 points while registering a plus-34 rating in 108 games. The undrafted free agent will likely spend the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign with AHL Iowa.
News: Beckman inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the Wild on Monday.
Impact: Beckman dominated in the WHL this season, leading the league in goals (48) and points (107) while posting a plus-44 rating in 63 games with the Spokane Chiefs. The 2019 third-round pick will likely return to his junior club for one final season in 2020-21, but he'll make the jump to AHL Iowa after that.
News: Giroux signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild on Monday.
Impact: Giroux was highly productive in the OHL this season, racking up 44 goals and 75 points in just 61 games with the Saginaw Spirit. The 2018 fifth-round pick will get an invite to next year's training camp, but he'll almost certainly spend the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign with AHL Iowa.
News: The Wild reassigned Bartkowski to AHL Iowa on Monday.
Impact: Bartkowski was called up on an emergency basis for the Wild ahead of their Feb. 28 game against the Blue Jackets. The 31-year-old will head down to the AHL, where he's produced 18 points in 55 AHL appearances this campaign.
News: Minnesota reassigned Mayhew to AHL Iowa on Tuesday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Eric Staal (personal) will rejoin the team for practice Wednesday, so the Wild are no longer in need of Mayhew's services as a depth forward. The 27-year-old American went scoreless in six appearances during his two-week stay with the big club.
News: Staal (personal) will return to practice Wednesday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Staal has missed Minnesota's last three games due to a personal matter, but he'll rejoin the lineup for Thursday's game versus Vegas. The veteran forward has notched 19 goals and 47 points in 66 contests this campaign.
News: Kunin posted a power-play assist and three shots on net in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
Impact: Kunin set up Kevin Fiala for the winning goal at 4:01 of overtime. The 22-year-old Kunin has two goals and two helpers in his last four contests. The forward has 31 points (15 goals, 16 helpers), 128 shots, 64 hits and 55 PIM through 62 contests this year.
News: Foligno recorded an assist and two PIM in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
Impact: Foligno has three points in his last two games after a six-game point drought. The 28-year-old forward is up to a career-high 25 points to go with 184 hits, 86 shots on net and 28 PIM in 59 outings. He can carry some value in deeper formats that reward physicality.
News: Spurgeon notched a power-play assist, three hits and two blocked shots in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
Impact: Spurgeon had the secondary helper on Kevin Fiala's first of two tallies in the contest. The 30-year-old blueliner is up to 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists), 112 shots, 102 blocked shots and 61 hits in 62 games. He'll likely fall short of last year's career-high 43 point output, but Spurgeon remains a solid option for fantasy owners.
News: Parise notched a power-play helper and three shots on goal in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
Impact: Parise has accumulated four goals and five helpers in his last seven outings. The 35-year-old winger's hot streak has him up to 46 points (18 on the power play), 155 shots and a minus-11 rating in 69 games this year. Parise should be a solid DFS option while he's performing well.
News: Suter collected a power-play assist, two shots on goal and three blocked shots in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
Impact: Suter had the secondary helper on Kevin Fiala's game-winner in overtime. The 35-year-old Suter has a goal and five helpers in his last six games. He's up to 48 points, 111 shots, 93 blocks and a minus-6 rating in 69 contests.
News: Zuccarello scored a goal in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
Impact: Zuccarello hadn't scored since Feb. 1, a span of 17 contests during which he amassed seven helpers. The Norwegian winger is up to 15 goals, 37 points, 96 shots and a minus-9 rating through 65 games. He's always been more of a play-maker than a finisher, but Zuccarello is likely going to miss the 50-point mark for the second straight year.
News: Rask netted a goal in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
Impact: Rask scored at 1:49 of the third period to tie the game at three. He's been a healthy scratch for the last seven contests, but entered the lineup in place of Gerald Mayhew for Sunday's game. Rask is up to five goals, 13 points and 38 shots through 43 appearances.
News: Galchenyuk scored a goal and added an assist in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
Impact: Galchenyuk put the Wild ahead 4-3 with a goal at 14:20 of the third period. He also assisted on Mats Zuccarello's first-period tally. The 26-year-old Galchenyuk has three goals and four helpers through 14 games with the Wild. He's at 24 points, 86 shots and a minus-5 rating in 59 contests overall.
News: Fiala scored a pair of power-play goals on five shots in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
Impact: Fiala gave the Wild a lead in the first period, and then secured the win with 59 seconds left in overtime. His six-game point streak ended Saturday in Los Angeles, but Fiala has posted multiple points in six of his last eight outings. The surging winger is up to 23 goals, 54 points (18 on the power play) and 175 shots through 64 contests.
News: Dubnyk allowed four goals on 26 shots in a 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks on Sunday.
Impact: Dubnyk's first start in two weeks had plenty of flaws, but he was able to get the win thanks Kevin Fiala's tally in overtime. The 33-year-old goalie improved to 12-15-2 with a 3.35 GAA and an .890 save percentage through 30 appearances. Dubnyk likely didn't do anything to convince interim head coach Dean Evason that he's worthy of seeing more starts with Alex Stalock in good form recently.
News: Dubnyk will guard the crease for Sunday's contest in Anaheim, Anthony LaPanta of Fox Sports North reports.
Impact: Dubnyk will make his first appearance since Feb. 23 where he allowed four goals on 26 shots in a loss to the Blues. For the season, the 33-year-old has struggled with a 3.34 GAA and .892 save percentage in 29 appearances. A matchup against the low-scoring Ducks gives Dubnyk a solid chance to earn his first win since Feb. 19.
News: Spurgeon scored an even-strength goal on two shots in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Spurgeon rocketed a quick shot over the glove hand of Cal Petersen in the third period to bring the Wild within two goals. The 30-year-old produced his 12th goal of the campaign, and he led his team in ice team Saturday with 23:56. Spurgeon has been a solid contributor from a fantasy perspective with 31 points this campaign, and he has a positive outlook going forward, especially considering he's averaged 2:47 of power-play time over his past 10 games.
News: Brodin dished out an even-strength assist across 22:48 in Saturday's 7-3 loss to Los Angeles.
Impact: The Swede also added a shot, three blocks, a hit and a minus-1 rating to his ledger. Brodin has produced four assists over his past seven games, sitting at a career-high 28 points across 68 games this season. The 26-year-old continues to be a mainstay in the team's top-four defensemen, averaging 21:31 of ice time this campaign.
News: Greenway notched an assist across 13:05 of ice time in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Greenway also recorded two penalty minutes, a hit and a minus-1 rating to his stat line. The 22-year-old has been in a nice groove over his past six games, recording a goal and four points over that span. He's now up to a career-best 28 points, 93 hits and 44 blocks in 14:11 of ice time per game in 66 appearances this campaign.
News: Kunin produced an even-strength goal on three shots in Saturday's 7-3 loss to Los Angeles.
Impact: Kunin was in the right place late in the third period, knocking in the rebound to bring the Wild within a goal with five minutes to go. Since returning from an upper-body injury, the 22-year-old is currently on a three-game point streak, collecting two goals and an assist over that span. Kunin is up to 30 points, 125 shots and 64 hits across 15:27 per contest in 61 appearances this season.
News: Foligno scored an even-strength goal on three shots and added an assist in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Foligno recorded his first points in seven games, collecting a plus-3 rating in the game despite his team losing by four goals. The 28-year-old has produced a career-best season from a statistical perspective, racking up 24 points, 86 shots and 184 hits across 14:35 per game in 58 contests.
News: Zuccarello picked up two assists Saturday in a 7-3 loss to the Kings.
Impact: He has just six points -- all assists -- in his last 16 games. Zuccarello has gone 17 games without a goal and has just 36 points in 64 games this season. Minnesota has not been kind to the Norwegian Hobbit. He can't be trusted in fantasy right now.
News: Stalock made 28 saves in a 7-3 loss to the Kings on Saturday.
Impact: He allowed six goals. The Kings had their way with the Wild on Saturday. Stalock has had a serious uptick in starts this season, as Devan Dubnyk has gotten time off to deal with a personal matter. And he's managed to help keep Minny close to the playoffs. Stalock is a strong fantasy starter when he's in the blue paint. The twinetender is 9-3-1 in his last 13 starts dating back to the start of February.
News: Stalock will be in goal for Saturday's game against Los Angeles, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Stalock will make his seventh consecutive start and has posted a 5-1-0 record in his previous six appearances. The Wild netminder will look to stay hot against a Kings team that's struggled this season but has seven wins in its last 10 games. Los Angeles has won four in a row, so this isn't as juicy a matchup for Stalock as the standings suggest.
News: Jones stopped all 40 shots he faced in OHL Peterborough's 8-0 win over Hamilton on Thursday.
Impact: Jones' strong season continues. The 2019 second-rounder (59th overall) now has a 30-14-3 record in addition to a 2.79 GAA and .912 save percentage. Thursday was his fourth shutout of the year. The 19-year-old Jones is one of the few legitimate goaltending prospects in the Minnesota system.
News: Hartman notched an assist and three shots on goal in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Hartman generated the primary helper on Ryan Suter's first-period tally. The 25-year-old winger has racked up six points in his last six games, a span in which the Wild have scored 26 goals as a team. Hartman reached the 20-point threshold for the fourth straight year -- he's added 109 shots, 69 PIM and 42 hits in 67 outings.
News: Kunin recorded an assist in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Kunin took a turn on the Wild's top line with Eric Staal (personal) unavailable. The 22-year-old Kunin has a goal and an assist in two outings since his return from an upper-body injury that cost him five games. The center now has 29 points, 122 shots, 63 hits and 55 PIM in 61 appearances this season.
News: Koivu managed an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The Finnish center picked up a helper on Ryan Suter's opening tally in the first period. Koivu now has 21 points, 71 shots and a plus-5 rating in 53 games. He's played in a mostly bottom-six role this year -- Koivu isn't likely to earn much fantasy attention at this stage in his career.
News: Fiala notched an assist, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: While Fiala's multi-point streak ended at five games, the single helper put him at five goals and seven assists in his last six outings. It's been a tremendous surge for the 23-year-old winger, who is up to 52 points (21 goals, 31 helpers), 164 shots and a plus-4 rating through 62 contests.
News: Galchenyuk scored a goal in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Galchenyuk's tally at 11:30 of the second period restored a one-goal advantage for the Wild. He's racked up five points through 12 games with his new team, and now has 22 points in 57 contests overall when factoring in his time with the Penguins this year.
News: Parise netted a goal on five shots and supplied an assist in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Both of Parise's points came in the second period, with his goal counting as the game-winner. The winger is on a five-game point streak, with four goals and four helpers in that span. He's reached 25 scores for the 10th time in his career. Parise now has 45 points, 150 shots and a minus-8 rating through 67 contests.
News: Suter scored a goal and dished an assist in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Suter opened the scoring at 8:34 of the first period, and he later added the secondary helper on Alex Galchenyuk's tally in the second. The 35-year-old blueliner has a goal and four assists during his four-game point streak. With 47 points in 67 games this year, he's matched last year's offensive output and remains on track to exceed his career high of 51 points.
News: Stalock stopped 40 of 42 shots in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Stalock turned in a strong performance against the team that drafted him back in 2005. The 32-year-old goalie improved to 20-10-4 with a 2.58 GAA and a .913 save percentage in 37 games. He's won six of his last seven starts -- Stalock is the goalie to own from the Wild right now.
News: Stalock will defend the cage against the Sharks on the road Thursday, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Since the calendar turned to 2020, Stalock has appeared in 16 of the Wild's 24 outings. In those outings, the netminder has posted a 10-4-2 record, 2.11 GAA and .924 save percentage. At this point, the St. Paul native has progressed from the goaltender of the future to the goaltender of the present. As the club continues to try to chase down a playoff spot, Stalock should continue to log a busy workload.
News: Staal will miss the team's three-game road trip following a death in the family.
Impact: Staal will take time away from the team to be with his family. Once the club returns to Minnesota, the center should rejoin his teammates on the ice. In the meantime, Alex Galchenyuk could move into the first-line center role.
News: Beckman reached the 100-point plateau in WHL Spokane's 6-2 win over Edmonton on Wednesday.
Impact: It's been quite a rise to prominence for Minnesota's 2019 third-rounder. Beckman was playing midget AAA hockey in Saskatchewan as recently as the 2017-18 season. He's the first WHL player to reach 100 points this season and has a six-point lead in the WHL scoring race over Portland forward and 2020 draft-eligible center Seth Jarvis. The Wild's prospect pool is extremely top heavy with forwards Kirill Kaprizov and Matt Boldy and not a whole lot else after that. The emergence of Beckman has added another potential high-end talent to that mix.
News: Fiala recorded a goal, an assist and seven shots on net in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Predators.
Impact: Fiala set a new career high in points Sunday night against the Capitals, and he continued to pile on against the team that drafted him 11th overall in 2014. The 23-year-old has been on a tear over the last month, racking up 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) across 15 games, and he now sports a team-high 51 points this year.
News: Suter posted a plus-3 rating with one assist, four blocks, one hit and one shot in a 3-1 victory over the Predators on Tuesday.
Impact: The veteran defenseman has four assists in the last five games, including one in each of the last three contests. During that stretch, he also has a plus-4 rating. Suter is far from the defenseman that led the league in plus-minus three seasons ago, but he has an outside chance to set career highs in goals, assists and points. He needs eight more helpers to set a new career high-water mark, which is a total he has in the past 13 contests. Suter has seven goals and 45 points with a minus-8 rating in 66 games this season.
News: Stalock allowed one goal on 38 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Predators on Tuesday.
Impact: This was a very nice bounceback performance after Stalock yielded four goals on 30 shots in a start Sunday. Stalock has been inconsistent lately, but it's evened out to quite a bit of success, as he's gone 5-2-0 with a .927 save percentage in the last seven games. Overall, Stalock is 19-10-4 with a 2.59 GAA and .912 save percentage in 36 games this season.
News: Stalock will guard the cage during Tuesday's home game versus the Predators, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Stalock appears to have jumped Devan Dubnyk on the Wild's depth chart, as he'll be making a fifth straight start Tuesday. The 32-year-old Minnesotan has played pretty well recently, posting a 3-1-0 record while maintaining a respectable 2.27 GAA and .917 save percentage through his last four appearances. He'll attempt to pick up his 19th win of the season in a home matchup with a Nashville club that's averaging 3.39 goals per game on the road this year, third most in the NHL.
News: Kunin (upper body) will play in Tuesday's game versus the Predators, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Kunin will return to action after five games in the press box. The 2016 first-round pick is expected to play on the second line, and he could get power-play time as well. The 22-year-old has produced 13 goals and 27 points over 59 games this year.
News: Suter posted an assist, two blocked shots and two PIM in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
Impact: Suter has racked up five assists in his last six games. The blueliner is up to 44 points, 83 blocks, 106 shots on net and a minus-11 rating through 65 contests. He's been a key component for the Wild as they've won four of their last six games, and his offense can provide fantasy owners a boost from defense.
News: Spurgeon had a power-play assists, two shots on net and two blocked shots in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
Impact: Spurgeon reached the 30-point mark for the fourth consecutive year, doing so in 58 games this time. The 30-year-old defenseman has 11 goals, 19 helpers, 108 shots, 97 blocks and a minus-5 rating. A solid contributor on offense and on the power play, Spurgeon is worth a look in fantasy.
News: Hunt managed a power-play assist, four shots on goal and two blocked shots in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
Impact: Hunt notched the secondary helper on Kevin Fiala's first-period marker. The assist snapped a four-game point drought for the defenseman. Hunt also attained a new career-high with 19 points, 10 of which have come on the power play. The 31-year-old blueliner has 101 shots, 36 blocks and a minus-4 rating in 55 appearances.
News: Donato potted a goal on four shots and added four hits in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
Impact: Donato has three goals and two assists over his last four games -- his line with Mikko Koivu and Ryan Hartman has begun to carry some of the scoring load in Minnesota. Through 58 contests this year, Donato has 23 points, 90 shots and 45 hits. He needs just two more points to match last year's career-high output.
News: Parise scored a power-play goal on two shots in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
Impact: Parise has managed five points over his last three games. The 35-year-old winger is up to 42 points (23 goals, 19 assists) and 143 shots in 65 contests. Seventeen of his points this year have come with a man advantage -- Parise's not likely to match his 61-point output from last year, but the power-play production is enough to keep him on the fantasy radar.
News: Fiala scored a goal and dished an assist, both on the power play, in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
Impact: After racking up 10 goals and 19 points in 14 appearances in February, Fiala kept it going with a fourth-straight multi-point effort to start March. The 23-year-old winger set a new career high in points at 49, achieved in just 60 games this year. He's added 154 shots, 40 PIM and an even plus-minus rating -- Fiala's hot and proving his worth to fantasy owners in need of an extra push ahead of their playoffs.
News: Stalock gave up four goals on 30 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Capitals on Sunday.
Impact: Stalock's personal four-game winning streak came to a close with the defeat. He's at 18-10-4 with a 2.64 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 35 games. Despite the setback, Stalock has recently been to the goalie to own from the Wild -- expect the 32-year-old Minnesotan to continue to challenge Devan Dubnyk for playing time.
News: Kunin (upper body) won't play in Sunday's game against Washington but could be available for Tuesday's game against Nashville, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kunin has missed the past four games with the upper-body injury he suffered in Feb. 21's game against Edmonton. Although the 22-year-old could be available Tuesday, head coach Dean Evason said Sunday that Kunin will definitely accompany the team on it's road trip that starts Thursday in San Jose. Expect another update regarding Kunin's status in the coming days.
News: Stalock will patrol the home crease in Sunday's clash versus the Capitals, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Stalock has been outstanding for the Wild in his past five starts, going 4-1-0 along with a 1.81 GAA and .927 save percentage. The 32-year-old will face a stiff test against a Washington offense that ranks fourth in the league in goals per contest this season (3.41). Stalock has started seven of the past 10 games, and with the team sitting one point out of the playoffs, Sunday is another important test for the netminder to solidify his role down the stretch alongside Devan Dubnyk.