This guy has been a notorious slow starter each year, and that has generally stunted his point potential as he goes 5-10 games before starting to look like an NHL player, another 5-10 before looking like the player he's capable of being each year... until now. This year was the first time he looked ready to go right out of the gates. No points the first 3 games as his linemates weren't as ready as he was, but was moved from Staal and Zucker as linemates back to Koivu and Parise, and he's been money ever since! 6g, 6a, 12pts in 9 straight games, putting him on a season pace higher than he's ever been! On pace for 41g, 41a, 82pts. His snipe on that game winner last night showed he's definitely picked up his shot over the years as well, and he's not nearly afraid to use it as he used to be. 26yrs old, and he's still improving as a player! Gaborik used to make shots like this look routine in a Wild uniform.