Marco Scandella is probably the highest rated defensive prospect on the club not named Jonas Brodin. As such, this was supposed to be the season where Scandella came up, improved upon his previous call-ups and became the future defenseman around whom the Wild would build a blue-line. It started out really well for Scandella, but then the wheels came off the bus, he went back to Houston to find his game, improved his play and came back after the Wild went into a tailspin. Then Scandella was injured like virtually everyone else on the roster. Not a great year for the youngster, but he's still the kind of guy around whom Mike Yeo will build a defense.