SAINT PAUL, Minn. - He came with a hefty price tag, but apparently Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is worth it.
The National Hockey League (NHL) announced Wednesday that Suter is one of six players named to the 2012-13 NHL First All-Star Team.
Suter becomes the first player in Wild history to be named to an NHL First All-Star Team, and is just the second player in franchise history to be named to a post-season All-NHL Team. Defenseman Jonas Brodin was named to the 2012-13 NHL All-Rookie Team on June 29.
Joining Suter on the 2012-13 NHL First All-Star Team are Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby, Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz.
The 28-year-old Suter led all NHL players and set a Wild franchise record with an average of 27:16 in ice time per game, topping 30:00 on ice during 10 games, including a career-best 32:54 at Colorado.
The native of Madison, Wisc., posted 4 goals and 28 assists for a total of 32 points. He ranked second in assists and third in scoring amongst all NHL defensemen.
Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA) at the end of the regular season.
The PHWA also votes to determine the winner of the NHL's Norris Trophy, given annually to the defenseman demonstrating "the greatest all-around ability in the position." Suter finished second in voting for the 2013 Norris Trophy, behind Montreal's Subban.
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