Minnesota Wild

Mn Wild Game The Minnesota Wild have made it to the playoffs for the past six seasons, after a series of failures from 2008 - 2012. Their six consecutive playoff seasons is tied with the Anaheim Ducks for the second longest streak in the league, next only to Pittsburgh’s 12. Minnesota Wild Team Overview The streak began after the Wild acquired erstwhile New Jersey Devil Zach Parise. Last season, Parise enjoyed great chemistry with Jason Zucker and Eric Staal to form Minnesota’s daunting top lines. At the age of 33, Eric Staal seemingly found the fountain of youth, converting 42 goals. However, many people are not impressed by the team’s second line made up of Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, and Mikael Granlund. The 20th draft pick in 2015, Jordan Greenway, seems to be constantly improving; so is Joel Eriksson Ek. While the team’s offense is decent in general, a good portion of their overallpower is provided by the back forwards headlined by top defenders Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Suter. The second unit is backstopped by Jonas Brodin and Mathew Dumba. Although Devan Dubnyk had an obvious decline, he still posted decent numbers of .918 SV% and 2.52 GAA, both good for 16th spot in the league. This augurs well for the team. Coaching the Wild is Bruce Bourdeau, one of the all-time great regular season coaches. He is currently ranked 24th in regular season wins in league history. He achieved that feat despite coaching the least number of games among other coaches in the top 30. With Bourdeau at the helm, the Wild will be in the running for a playoff berth. Their defense will hold, but their offense will be suspect, although just a little bit. Major additions to the team are Matt Read and JT Brown, while major losses are Zach Mitchell, Matt Cullen, and Tyler Ennis. Top Picks and Prospects Mason Shaw – Drafted in 2017 as the 97th overall selection, Shaw was hampered by a bad ACL knee injury. He logged solid numbers of 94 points scored in 71 games playing for the Medicin Hat Tigers in the WHL prior to the draft. However, after the injury, he may have to spend some time playing in the AHL to regain his confidence and play the way he used to. Don’t be surprised if he is activated to play with the Wild soon to relieve injured players. Luke Kunin – Picked 15th overall in 2016, Kunin has already put in two seasons in the AHL, playing for the Iowa Wild where he posted 19 points out of 34 games. He then got a call from Minnesota where he played 19 games, scoring 4 points. Kunin is a wily player who can hit open teammates. He is still developing as a player, but he can be an ample third liner for the Wild this season. Last Season’s Stats The Wild finished last season in 14th place overall. They ranked 11th in Goals for Rank, 12th in Goals Against Rank. They were 13th in PK rankings and 17th in PP rankings. Projected Stats for the 2018 – 2019 Season The forecast for Minnesota is 8th overall, 3rd in the Central Division, and 5th in the Western conference. All season long you can watch live Wild hockey here .