BEST WILD PLAYER - 2008
The Wild had an amazing season, and Marian Gaborik has the stats to show it. Who could forget his amazing five-goal game against the Rangers on December 20? Or the ovation that greeted him when he scored his 200th career goal in a game that snapped a late-season losing streak? Or his performance in the division championship-clinching game against the Flames, in which Gabby assisted on one goal, then scored two of his own in the third period to give Coach Jacques Lemaire his 500th win. Gaborik adds excitement to the game just by being on the ice, because he accelerates like a Jaguar, going from zero to breakaway in under four seconds. Now that the team has a stacked card of fighters to give him room to work on the ice, Gabby is turning the team's home into the Accelerate Center.