2014 Minnesota Wild Season Preview
The Minnesota Wild built off of their success in 2012, and turned out a great season in 2013. The Wild finished the year 43-27 and almost cracked 100 points. They then proceeded to upset the Central Division champion Colorado Avalanche in the quarterfinals and were an overtime goal away from taking the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks to 7 games in the NHL Western Conference semi-finals. This has created lofty expectations for the Minnesota Wild coming into 2014. It is hard to consider the Wild a favorite in the stacked NHL Western Conference, but they definitely have the talent and now the experience to make a run for the Stanley Cup finals. The biggest acquisition for the Wild in the offseason was winger Thomas Vanek. Vanek should add extra scoring potential for a Wild team that just need a little more offensive firepower last season. Look for the Minnesota Wild’s young core of Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, and Erik Haula to continue to improve, and for the Wild to be one of the toughest draws in the Western Conference for the 2014 NHL Season.
2013 Minnesota Wild Season Preview
Minnesota has a corps of players that on paper looks like they can compete with anyone in the NHL. Now, can they do it on the ice? With Zach Parise and Ryan Suter locked down in long-term deals, Minnesota is built for success in the long run – and they’ve added a few more pieces this offseason to boot. Keith Ballard, Matt Cooke and Nino Niederreiter are the new additions, and Nino could be the best acquisition Minnesota has made in a long time. They had to give up Cal Clutterbuck to get the youngster, but he looks to be well worth the price tag. The Wild are on the road much of the December, including trips to Pittsburgh, New York and Winnipeg. In January, they start off on the 2nd with a home game against the Buffalo Sabres. Midway through the month they have a quick homestand with games against the Senators, Oilers and Stars.
2011 Minnesota Wild 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.
2010 Minnesota Wild Season 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.
2009 Minnesota Wild Season 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.