StaTuesday: Wild defenseman Suter gets offensive

The Minnesota Wild's Ryan Suter (left) ranks seventh among all NHL defensemen with 11 points.

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Ryan Suter has always chewed up minutes.

The 6-foot-1 defenseman has averaged at least 25 minutes of ice time in each of the last five seasons, dating back to his final two years in Nashville.

But while Suter was a big presence in the Predators’ defensive zone alongside big-shooting blue-liner Shea Weber, the Wild have made the former Wisconsin Badger the focal point of their defensive corps.

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Suter’s ice time has continued to climb since signing with the Wild, peaking at 29 minutes, 25 seconds during the 2014 season, a metric that led the NHL.

But while the big-bodied American’s hefty workload has never been higher, his offensive numbers are starting to make a bigger dent on the stat sheet as well.

Through 13 games, Suter has racked up two goals and nine assists on 27 shots on goal, good enough for a shooting percentage of 7.4 percent, a full three points better than his career mark of 4.3 percent.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at where Suter ranks among the league’s TOI leaders.

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