Three days ago, I wrote about some slippage in goalie Devan Dubnyk’s play — a small decrease in both save percentage and overall sharpness that preceded even the Game 4 meltdown but was certainly prominent in that game.I suggested the Wild would need MVP-level Dubnyk to return if it was going to prevail in the series. Whether that was ultimately true or not, the need to revisit his play is only fair because this much is not in dispute: Dubnyk was dynamite in Games 5 and 6, certainly returning to maximum sharpness at a time Minnesota needed him most.The Wild outscored the Blues 8-2 in the two final games, so it is arguable whether even a merely good Dubnyk would have been enough. It was a full team effort (just as the Game 4 loss was). But It feels to me like he was their most important player, at least, particularly in Game 5. And the difference between Dubnyk and Blues goalie Jake Allen was striking. There is no doubt of this now: Dubnyk is a goalie the Wild can count on going forward. That doesn’t guarantee a Stanley Cup or even another series win this year, but if the last remaining questions were about his playoff moxie and ability to rebound mentally, Dubnyk has aced those tests.It’s one of those rare midseason trades that just fits perfectly for both the player and the team, and the story continues.
Heading into the draft, we will give the recent history at each of the Vikings’ seven draft slots.
We continue this series by taking a look at the Vikings’ 110th overall selection in this year’s draft. There’s one name that stands out among the rest, but he’s a running back that’s no longer in the league. Outside of that, there hasn’t been too much talent produced from this pick
Here’s the list of the last 10 players to go 110th overall:
2014: Maurice Alexander, DB, Rams
2013: Ryan Nassib, QB, Giants
2012: Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers
2011: David Arkin, OG, Cowboys
2010: Darrell Stuckey, DB, Chargers
2009: Victor Butler, LB, Cowboys
2008: Shawn Murphy, OT, Dolphins
2007: John Bowie, DB, Raiders
2006: Leon Williams, LB, Browns
2005: Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants
The good… Jacobs retired last year, but he had a solid career with the Giants. He rushed for 5,094 yards and scored 64 total touchdowns in nine seasons. The Southern Illinois product was also a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants in 2007 and 2011.
The bad… Arkin made just one appearance in three seasons with the Cowboys. He’s currently on the Colts.
The ugly… There are a lot of whiffs listed, but Dolphins cut Murphy a year after he was drafted. He only appeared in one game in his short-lived career. The Dolphins traded up to get Murphy, who is the son of seven-time MLB All-Star Dale Murphy.
Having the Vikings ever picked 110th? The Vikings have only made one selection with the 110th pick. They drafted linebacker Kivuusama Mays out of North Carolina in 1998. Mays played just seasons in the NFL. He made 27 appearances with the Vikings and finished the 1999 season with the Packers.
Best 110th pick in NFL history? The Raiders selected defensive end Greg Townsend in 1983, and he went on to have a successful 13-year career. He tallied 109.5 career sacks, which is the 22nd most in NFL history.
Brian Dozier is batting leadoff in Seattle tonight, but one of the models manager Paul Molitor looked at for the lineup had Joe Mauer batting first. It seems like it's going to happen one of these days.