Matt Cullen highlights October breakouts 

October, 22, 2010

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.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.