Minnesota native Matt Cullen is quickly proving to be a very nice addition to the Minnesota Wild lineup. The 33-year-old center already has piled up nine points (three goals) in his first six games in a Minny sweater. Cullen is a terrific skater who can work in a lot of different roles for coach Todd Richards. That includes manning the point on the power play, which has been a major strength for the Wild in the opening weeks of the season. Minnesota leads the league with a 44.4 success rate with the extra man. On home ice, they've converted a ridiculously good 10 of 19 chances.
Of course, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher did commit three years and $10.5 million ($3.5 million per year) to sign Cullen. Thus far, the team is getting a nice bang for its buck.
In today's Five for Friday, I'll spotlight five guys who've been real bargains for their respective teams in the early going.