Minnesota Wild Season Preview History
MINNESOTA WILD 2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW:
The Wild season turned out to be not so last year for Minnesota. They ended the year in 12th place in the Western Conference with an offense that scored next-to-last in the league in goals. However, with a busy offseason, the Twin Cities is looking to be electric in 2011-12.
If you need scoring, then you bring in forwards, and Minnesota decided to put Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi in their sweater instead of the San Jose Sharks jersey they both donned last year. However, in bringing them in, they had to part ways with their first and third scoring options, Martin Havlat and Andrew Burnette. Thanks to both of those new options, however, they won’t be missed as much.
One player that may be missed, however, is defenseman Brent Burns. Burns scored 46-points in 2010-11, which was more than his fellow 11 defensemen scored all year combined. That means it will be up to Marek Zidlicky and Nick Schultz to shore up the defense if the Wild hope to squeak out wins this year.
Minnesota Wild 2010-2011 NHL Preview:
After the Minnesota Wild got off to a slow start last season, it was difficult for them to rebound, and while they finished two games over .500, they missed out on the postseason for the second consecutive year. Minnesota has a stable of talented players, and although they may improve, being in the Western conference may make it difficult for them to break into the playoffs.
Offensively, one of the big changes fans of the Wild are hoping to see is better production from Martin Havlat. While he is among the most adept scorers in the league, he had a down year last season and will be looking to rebound in 2010. Along with Havlat, the scoring attack will be centered around Guillaume Latendresse, who netted 25 goals in limited time last year. Center Mikko Koivu, the team's leading scorer for last year, will be back as well.
The defense may need some work, as it was a weak point of the Wild last season. Defensemen like Marek Zidlicky and Nick Schultz should improve. The Wild have one of the better goalies in the NHL with Niklas Backstrom, but a porous defense in front of him may make his job difficult.
Minnesota Wild 2009-2010 NHL Preview:
The Minnesota Wild will be looking to make the next step in the 2009-2010 NHL season. The Wild barely missed the playoffs last year, ultimately missing a Western Conference spot by only 2 games. Now Minnesota will rebuild behind Head Coach Todd Richards, who hopes to make up those wins on the way to a 2010 NHL playoff berth.