Minnesota Wild: Future is Looking Very Bright
The Minnesota Wild’s future looks bright these days. Minnesota showed off the reverse retros against the Colorado Avalanche at home on Sunday night against them. The Wild took down Colorado 4-3 in overtime, but I thought about something more than that.
The Minnesota Wild have a very young hockey team and are rebuilding for the future. Minnesota has a very generous general manager in Bill Guerin. He was in the front office when the Pittsburgh Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and in 2017.
Guerin will have two first round picks this season and one is included from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Jason Zucker trade. Bill Guerin has also drafted very well and this will prove well for the future. He also acquired defenseman Calen Addison from Pittsburgh in that deal. Addison was originally drafted by the Penguins.
Speaking of young players, Minnesota has Kirill Kaprizov, who is only 23 years old. He will be the heartbeat and of the Minnesota Wild for years to come.
Look Out for Prospects
Some of the other key prospects for Minnesota heading into the future are forward Marco Rossi, forward Matthew Boldy, goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, and defenseman Calen Addison.
These four prospects will make an immediate impact in the future and in the NHL. At the current moment, the Minnesota Wild are currently the number three seed in the West Division with a 6-4 record with 10 points.
If the young season ended today, they would face the Colorado Avalanche (6-3-1 record with 13 points) in the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Dean Evason is in his first season as the head coach of the Minnesota Wild. He is going to work with this very young hockey team and Minnesota being in the playoffs is very good for the NHL.
They have been in the NHL since 2000. The Wild were in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers last season and they lost to the Vancouver Canucks in four games.
The last time they were in the second-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 2014-2015 and were swept against the Chicago Blackhawks. The last time they were in the conference finals was in 2003 against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in a four game sweep.
Minnesota has a bright future ahead of them. In a shortened season, the Stanley Cup Playoffs would be a great benefit for them. I didn’t think that they would be a playoff team this season. However, the Wild are growing every single day.
Jared Spurgeon is the current captain of the Minnesota Wild. Zach Praise and Ryan Suter are the current assistant captains.
Minnesota will look to continue its young impressive regular season. It is going to be interesting to see how well they continue to play. The Wild young fanbase should be optimistic about what’s ahead here.
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