Minnesota Wild: Top Prospects For Continuing the Winning Ways
The Minnesota Wild have been one of the most surprising teams in the NHL so far this season. Minnesota has a mix of youth and veterans on its roster. The Wild are currently in second place in the Western Division with a 17-8-1 record with 35 points so far this season.
Minnesota has one of the better prospect pools in the entire NHL also. The Minnesota Wild potentially has a Calder Trophy candidate this season in forward Kirill Kaprizov. The other young player that has stepped up for the Wild this season has been goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen.
Bill Guerin is the current general manager for the Minnesota Wild. He has been with the Pittsburgh Penguins front office in the past. Minnesota’s head coach is Dean Evason could be one of the candidates for the Jack Adams Award (NHL’s best coach) this season.
The Minnesota Wild still has some more prospects waiting in the wings. Who are some of Minnesota’s top prospects moving forward in the farm system?
Rossi was the ninth overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2020 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Marco Rossi is considered to be the top prospect in Minnesota’s organization. He has the potential to be on the top line one day with Kirill Kaprizov.
Marco Rossi is currently playing overseas with Zurich SC in the Swiss-A league. He has only played in one game with them and has recorded one assist. His plus/minus rating is even.
In the season before with the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL, Rossi played in 56 games with them. He scored 39 goals and recorded 81 assists. His plus/minus is 69.
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He is the heartbeat of Zurich SC. Rossi will play overseas for a couple of seasons potentially before coming into the NHL.
Marco Rossi may not even need to play in the AHL with the Iowa Wild. He is only 19 years old and is a right-handed centerman.
Boldy is only 19 years old and shoots from the left side. He is a left-winger also. Matthew Boldy was the 12th overall pick (first-round selection) by the Minnesota Wild in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
He has the potential to also be a top-six forward one day. Minnesota potentially has a young core down the road that could potentially lead them to its first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
Matthew Boldy is currently in his second season with the Boston College Eagles (NCAA, H-East). He has played in 20 games with them so far this season. Boldy has scored 10 goals and has recorded 16 assists. His plus/minus is 12.
He also plays a tremendous two-way game. Matthew Boldy could also be playing for the Iowa Wild in the AHL for the Minnesota Wild organization sooner rather than later, in order to get jump-started.
Beckman is only 19 years old and he is a left-winger, with a left-handed shot. He was a third-round pick (75th overall selection) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Adam Beckman is currently playing in the AHL with the Iowa Wild. Before coming to Iowa, he played the last three seasons in the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs. Beckman has a chance to become a pivotal role player down the line for the Minnesota Wild.
In seven games at the AHL level so far this season, he has scored two goals and has recorded one assist. His plus/minus rating is -7. Adam Beckman has to clean up his defensive game a little bit, but his offensive game is very talented. General manager Bill Guerin I’m sure wants to keep him in the AHL as long as possible until he is ready to make his NHL debut.
Beckman could be another young Minnesota Wild prospect that makes a name for himself down the line later on.
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