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Play-In Report Card: In a small sample size, Nico Sturm showed promise

It sure seems like a while ago since the Minnesota Wild were in the Edmonton bubble and squared off against the Vancouver Canucks in the play-in round. The playoffs are now one game into the Stanley Cup Final, and one might forget some of the players who even suited up for the Wild over a month ago.

If you can recall back to the first week of August, you might remember a certain Minnesota rookie and Clarkson grad getting his first action of NHL postseason play — 25-year-old rookie Nico Sturm suited up in Game 3 and 4 in replacement of Ryan Donato, and he actually did quite well.