As the season approaches, a quick glance at the bottom six forward pool for the Wild shows a distinct lack of true toughness and grit. Sure, they have players like Kyle Brodziak, Nino Niederreiter (if and when his contract gets signed) and Matt Cooke, but while all of these players hit, they really aren’t the type of muscle who will deter an opponent from going after someone like Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise, or Minnesota’s new, moderately expensive toy, Thomas Vanek. 270 more words