Hockey: Prosser’s role with Wild increasing; he scores in win over Oilers

Nate Prosser, the Minnesota Wild defenseman from Elk River, scored his first goal in nearly two years during a 4-1 win over Edmonton at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday evening.

Prosser’s goal against the Oilers was one of three by the Wild in a stretch of just 3 minutes, 23 seconds in the first period.

The 27-year-old Prosser’s role has increased markedly in recent weeks and he has “made the absolute most of the opportunity,” coach Mike Yeo told the Star-Tribune.

After an injury to defensman Jared Spurgeon, Prosser, who had been scratched 13 straight games, has played in 12 straight games, alongside Marco Scandella, normal Spurgeon’s partner.

Prosser has been averaging 17:19 of ice time in that span and has a plus-seven rating.

“He is an unbelievable professional. He is an unbelievable team guy,” Yeo told the Star-Tribune.

Prosser, a free agent signee out of Colorado College in 2009, is currently in his third full season with the NHL club.