I can't figure out Minnesota either. For the last several years, they've looked like a team that almost was on the verge of being really good but you couldn't exactly put your finger on why they weren't. A couple of those years they ran into a Blackhawks team in the midst of their dynasty.
Not super surprised about Panarin, he's the best NYR skater since Jagr though I wonder if the kids are ready to compete at a playoff level. With the 3 young Russians its good to have a Russian vet on board though.
And hat tip to Marc Bergevin, ballsy move offer sheeting Aho and I'd have done the same.