2011-2012 Preview: Minnesota Wild

Posted: September 14, 2011 by forever&staalways in Minnesota Wild, Season Preview
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Last season: 39-35-8, 86 points, 3rd in Northwest, 12th in West.

Additions: Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi, Mike Lundin, Darrol Powe.

Losses: Martin Havlat, Brent Burns, Jose Theodore, Andrew Brunette, Cam Barker, Cam O’Sullivan.

Offense: The Wild have lost three of their top five scorers this summer in Martin Havlat, Andrew Brunette and Brent Burns. New to the State of Hockey, though, are San Jose stars Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi. Though the Wild have lost 45 points, they add a veteran all star and a highly talented young player in the two former Sharks.

Heatley and Setoguchi jerseys already selling in Minny

Defense: The team has lost anchor defenseman and All Star Brent Burns this year. Though the rest of the defense is average– Zidlicky, Zanon, Shultz, Lundin and Stoner, the future still looks bright. Marco Scandella, the twenty one year old who spent last season with the Houston Aeros, looks to break through to the NHL this year. Another Aero, Justin Falk, is a young and highly talented defenseman who’s hoping to make it to the show.

Goaltending: The Wild lost their backup goalie Jose Theodore, who tended the nets for 32 games last season, winning 15 of his games. Starter Niklas Backstrom is still in net through 2013, so there is not too much to worry about in net for Minnesota.

Prediction: 2nd in the Northwast, 10th in the West. Losing big names like Burns and Havlat have made the Wild’s chase for the Cup in Minnesota a little harder, though Heatley and Setoguchi are sure to make an impact on this  team.

Who to watch for: Devin Setoguchi. Tired of hearing his name yet? You won’t once the season starts. A twenty four year old with a forty point season under his belt, Seto is set to put up solid forty plus points in Minnesota. Expect he and his hands to rock the Xcel Center this season.

  1. Dan MacNeal says:

    I don’t know what to think about Minne. I discussed the Wild with a friend last night, and while their O is improved, will the players fit the system? Is the defense any good? Is Backstrom a product of the system, or did he just have a bad year last year? Who really knows? Going to be an interesting year.

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