Count Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise among those thrilled to have center Matt Cullen as a teammate.

Cullen, 40, is entering his 20th season in the NHL after signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the Wild on Wednesday.

"[You] can't win without good centers," Parise said. "You need to be deep down the middle and teams that are winning are proving that. He'll help us."

The Wild needed a fourth-line center after the Vegas Golden Knights selected Erik Haula in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21. Rookie fowards Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin are options, but Cullen's experience and past success could prove to be a bigger asset.

Cullen has won an average of 54.69 percent of faceoffs since 2009-10 and won 51.22 percent with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season (56.4 percent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs). Cullen had 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 72 games in 2016-17, helping the Penguins repeat as champions.

Parise said Cullen's veteran presence in general should help elevate the Wild, a relatively young team, to the next level.