Ryan Suter D MIN 5 Months

Ryan Suter collected three assists for the United States in a 5-2 victory against the Czech Republic in Wednesday's quarterfinal contest.

He had a helper on three straight Team USA goals, by Dustin Brown, David Backes and Zach Parise, after the Czechs tied the game at 1-1. Suter leads the team in average ice time at 23:08 per contest. Toronto wingers Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk also scored for the U.S. in the victory. They will face Canada in the semifinals.

Ryan Suter D MIN 6 Months

Ryan Suter tickled the twine in the Wild's 3-2 overtime win over the Stars on Saturday night.

The workhorse defenseman also logged 32:15 of ice time in the win, easily the most in the game. He has six goals and 31 points on the season. Other scorers for the Wild included Erik Haula, his first career, and Nate Prosser, who had the game-winner.

Ryan Suter D MIN 6 Months

Ryan Suter has been named the third star of the week.

The workhorse blueliner led all NHL rearguards with four goals and tied for first among blueliners with six points in three games. Suter recorded his first career hat trick in Saturday's 5-3 win over Washington.

Ryan Suter D MIN 6 Months

Ryan Suter has gone from having no goals in 40 games to five in four contests.

"It's funny how it works, huh?" Suter said. "I can't get the smile off my face. . I can't even score two goals in summer hockey." He got his first career hat trick on Saturday. He's a great offensive defenseman and a workhorse, averaging an NHL-leading 29:40 minutes per contest.

Ryan Suter D MIN 6 Months

Ryan Suter's hat trick powered the Wild to a 5-3 win over the Capitals on Saturday night.

Suter's first career hat trick helped him become the first defenseman in Wild history to achieve the feat. He scored two power play goals within 42 seconds in the second period and later added an even-strength goal at 7:37 of the third period. Suter has five goals and 29 points on the season, with points in four straight contests and seven points during that span. Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter scored the other goals for Minnesota. Mikko Koivu had two helpers.

Ryan Suter D MIN 6 Months

Ryan Suter is likely to be Team USA's top defenseman in the 2014 Winter Games.

In Suter the Americans are getting an all-around amazing blueliner that is also capable of playing 30 minutes per game if needed. Defensemen Cam Fowler, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, John Carlson, and Justin Faulk were also named to the Olympic roster.

Ryan Suter D MIN 6 Months

Ryan Suter netted a goal in the dying seconds of Minnesota's 2-1 loss to St. Louis.

Suter has only been held off the scoresheet in one of his last 10 contests. He now has two goals and 24 points in 42 games in 2013-14. Charlie Coyle and Mikko Koivu each registered an assist for the Wild.

Ryan Suter D MIN 7 Months

Ryan Suter will enter Friday night's game riding a seven-game assist streak.

The workhorse defenseman has topped 30 minutes in five of his last six games. Suter is still looking for first goal of the 2013-14 campaign.

Ryan Suter D MIN 7 Months

Ryan Suter has collected an assist in four straight games.

He finished Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over Vancouver with 32:34 of ice time and a minus-2 rating. Suter doesn't have a goal in 36 games despite being credited with 59 shots on net. He leads the NHL in average ice time at 29:37 per match. Suter has also chipped in 19 assists and 50 blocks.

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Ryan Suter thinks part of the reason he is able to average nearly 30 minutes per contest is because he doesn't spend as much time as others chasing the puck.

"I'm more of a positional player than a go-run-and-make-the-big-hit player," Suter said. "I think the biggest thing is being in the right position so you're not chasing the play. That's when you get tired, when you're chasing the puck." That also helps him avoid absorbing major hits. Suter has 12 assists in 20 contests and is averaging 29:34 minutes per game. No one else in the league even comes close to him when it comes to average minutes.