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State of Stanley: Stanley Cup Playoffs Feature 22 Minnesotans

04/17/2015, 2:15pm CDT
By Jessi Pierce

There's a reason we've dubbed ourselves the State of Hockey. From passion to players, there's no doubt Minnesota leads the nation in all hockey fronts. This year's Stanley Cup Playoffs are no different.  There are 22 Minnesota natives rostered on the remaining 16 teams battling it out for Lord Stanley's Cup.

So when you're not cheering on the Wild -- who have a whopping six Minnesotans on their squad -- here's who you should be watching.  

Minnesota Wild

Zach Parise, Minneapolis
Jordan Leopold, Golden Valley
Jordan Schroeder, Lakeville
Nate Prosser, Elk River
Ryan Carter, White Bear Lake
Keith Ballard**, Baudette


New York Islanders

Kyle Okposo, St. Paul
Anders Lee, Edina
Brock Nelson, Warroad
Nick Leddy, Eden Prairie

Winnipeg Jets

Blake Wheeler, Plymouth
Dustin Byfuglien, Roseau
Mark Stuart, Rochester

New York Rangers

Derek Stepan, Hastings
Ryan McDonagh, St. Paul


Montreal Canadians
Tom Gilbert, Bloomington


Nashville Predators
Matt Cullen, Virginia


Pittsburgh Penguins
Paul Martin, Elk River


Tampa Bay Lightning
J.T. Brown, Burnsville


Washington Capitals
Matt Niskanen, Virginia


**=Injured Reserved

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