Here’s an updated look at the Wild’s depth chart after Nino Niederreiter’s re-signing and before the signings of Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno. As you can see, it'll be tight if the Wild plans to sign another forward (barring a trade).
In parentheses, each player’s salary cap hits. Restricted free agents are denoted as RFA.
Rosters are a maximum 23 players. Typically, the Wild keeps 13 or 14 forwards, seven or eight defensemen and two goalies.
Depth chart is my opinion. These will likely not be the lines when camp begins, especially because that’ll depend on which side Niederreiter and Zach Parise will play on and whether Charlie Coyle will play center or wing.
Left wing Center Right wing
Nino Niederreiter ($5.25M) Eric Staal ($3.5M) Zach Parise ($7.538+M)
Jason Zucker ($2M) Mikko Koivu ($6.75M) Mikael Granlund (RFA)
Marcus Foligno (RFA) Charlie Coyle ($3.2M) Tyler Ennis ($4.6M)
------------------------- Joel Eriksson Ek (894+K) Chris Stewart ($1.15M)
Vying for spots: Eriksson Ek, Luke Kunin (925K), Landon Ferraro (700K), Kyle Rau, (700K), Cal O’Reilly (700K), Pat Cannone (600K), Christoph Bertschy ($775,833), Kurtis Gabriel (715K), Zack Mitchell (660K), Mario Lucia ($792,500), Sam Anas ($792,500), Justin Kloos ($792,500), Pavel Jenys ($678,833), Dante Salituro (725K), Adam Gilmour ($717,500), Chase Lang ($686,667).
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan Suter ($7.538+M) Jared Spurgeon ($5.187M)
Jonas Brodin ($4.166+M) Matt Dumba ($2.55M)
Gustav Olofsson (725K) Kyle Quincey ($1.25M)
Mike Reilly (725K) -------------------------------
Vying for spots: Olofsson, Reilly, Ryan Murphy (700K), Alex Grant (700K), Nick Seeler ($717,500), Hunter Warner ($636,667), Carson Soucy (925K), Zach Palmquist (726K), Gustav Bouramann (720K), Dylan Labbe ($692,500).
Devan Dubnyk (4.33M)
Alex Stalock (650K)
Vying for spots: Stalock, Niklas Svedberg (700K), Steve Michalek (715K), Adam Vay ($842,500).
Total cap hit: $64,508,591 ($75 million ceiling).
*Includes $2.5 million buyout cap hit for Thomas Vanek.
Available cap space: $10,491,409.
**Available cap space will be eaten up by roster hopefuls making the team, re-signings and outside signings.
***The Wild, like all teams, will save some cap space for callups and flexibility to make in-season adjustments (i.e. trades, waiver additions).