When Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi were dealt last summer from the Sharks to the Minnesota Wild, they supposedly were being traded down from a Stanley Cup contender to a rebuilding franchise.

So much for conventional wisdom.

Minnesota, which makes its second appearance of the season at HP Pavilion on Tuesday night, is off to the best start in its 11-year history and is the NHL's most surprising team with a 17-7-3 record.

While the two former Sharks forwards have yet to provide their expected offensive punch, it hasn't mattered.

"Every newspaper picked us last," Heatley said. "All the preseason ratings dismissed us. But from Day 1 there's been an attitude that we can win here. It's a totally different team from what they had here last year."