The Future of the Wild

Alright, well I have noticed that no one ever talks about the Wild, and I do not understand why. I believe that they have a good young team and have some good young prospects that will one day make this team a winner, and this article will show what the Wild have looking forward to, in years to come.

Already on the team : Forwards

Of course had to name this one Marian Gaborik

Marian has led the team in points in his first three, years. He is without a doubt the Superstar, and marquee player, of this team. Last season in 81 games played his stats were 30-35-65 ( g-a-pts), Marian has amazing vision, hands, speed, and can always make something happen.

Pascal Dupuis in his second season, was second to Gaborik’s points with 48, although small, he uses everything to his advantage, he is quick and makes decisions with ease, however you can still tell he is a young player, and will grow, so some mistakes will be no more.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard, another small forward, but has the vision of a few levels under Gretzky, in 50 games he put up 20 points, this kid might just be the centreman to help lead the Wild.

Defence-

Filip Kuba leads the way in defense, even though he is already 27 years of age, he is the d-man leader of the Wild and will continue to grow. 29 pts in 78 gms

Wille Mitchell- the young hard hitting d-man has certainly taken advantage of Jaques Lemaire’s system and thinking, because he is making a name for himself in Minny and will continue doing so if he keeps on track. 69 gms 14 pts and 84 pim

Nick Schultz- Nick is a smart dman who can move the puck well, but he knows of his responsibilities, and he knows that his defence skills and does his
job. I believe he will be the d-man leader in the future.

Goaltenders: Manny Fernandes must prove that he can become the number one goalie that the Wild need. Yes the 2 man system has been working, but how long will Roloson be there ?

Prospects-

Mikko Koivu is projected as a future second liner or third line centre. Patrick O’Sullivan I really believe that this kid will do wonders for them if he matures right, he will no doubt be their number one centreman and give them a good top three centremen with O’Sullivan, Bouchard and Koivu. They also have Adam Couchaine, Wanvig, Bros, and on defence they have Heid who I think will do wonders for the team soon enough, Michel, Reitz, and Roche. And, of course in net the future of the wild holds within Josh Harding who was named the WHL MVP, and posted a record of 18-24-13 with a 2.75 gaa and a .914 save%.

Well the future and even presenr of the Wild is looking great, with offensive stars coming round soon, the Wild will pick up on the offence, isn’t that what people wanna see anyway?

Stats were gathered from wild.com and whl.ca, however information on players were my own opinions.


16 Responses to The Future of the Wild

  1. defenestrate says:

    This article needed a comment.

  2. mikster says:

    They’ll win a Cup 4 years from now if they keep up with the youth building.

  3. bruinfan37 says:

    Gaborik will be gone by then. He’ll be worth more than the entire Wild payroll.

    To say a cup is a little far.

  4. shady313 says:

    Great Article, the Wild are definately underrated.

    -Gaborik is a future all-star

    -Pascal Dupuis, is really underrated, no one ever hears about this guy, and he gets almost 50 points, and it’s not like he’s playing on a line with Hull and Datsyuk.

    -Pierre Marc Bouchard is my future favorite player, just by watching him play in his few NHL games. My current favorite player is Peter Forsberg, and this guy could become as good as him later on. “My future All-Star”

    -Willie Mitchell and Shultz are not a scoring machine defensive combination, but they’ve got heart, I would like to have these 2 guys on any team.

  5. OldNord says:

    They will fill the arena in the future like the seasons earlier. They will have the cash if they have not it right now. They don’t need presently to spend their money on expensive players with their system. Gaborik is with the Wilds for the years to come.

  6. tj_hooker says:

    “Gaborik is a future all-star”

    Isn’t Gaborik already an all-star?

  7. cwthrash says:

    Nice work!

    I’ll give Minnesota all the props in the world for what they have accomplished. That should be a given.

    But, I can’t totally agree that they will keep this up for years to come. We all know that much of their success comes from the system they play in, which was out of necessity. I don’t have a huge problem with that. You have to play the hand you are dealt and that is just what they did, with unexpected success.

    The problem I have lies in the system itself. Right here, right now this system will work. But this is a sport that constantly evolves. You can count on the fact that someone will devise a system that negates the influence of the trap or influences from somewhere outside the playing of the game will render the trap ineffective. Maybe not tomorrow, but it will happen in the near future.

    So if the Wild continue to preach this system, use it, acquire players who enhance it, draft and develop players in this style; well, I see trouble. When the tide changes and the trap doesn’t work that well anymore, they will be stuck with a team full of defensive players and few who can be counted on to score in a more wide-open system.

    I could be wrong in my assessment, I’ll admit. But if I’m right, then Minnesota will have some very big problems looming on the horizon.

  8. great_one98 says:

    I HATE THE WILD!!! READ WHAT I SAID ABOUT THEM IN MY HOLE FILLING ARTICLE.

  9. dkball7 says:

    Yes. I was going to say the same thing!

  10. habsoverserver says:

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  11. habsoverserver says:

    Will the league still be on strike in four years?

  12. wayne2 says:

    The wild are building smartly just like the sens did,

    slowly but surely with a good system behind them.

  13. mikster says:

    I think it’ll take one season. A good enough percentage of the players, the fans, and the owners will destroy the reputation of Goodenow and the NHLPA that they will lose the battle.

  14. MantaRay says:

    The Wild are the Devils western affiliate team:

    Half the starting defensemen are former Devils (hence their strength) -Bombadir, Mitchell and Zyzuin–and two former Devils have been team Captains (Dowd and Pellerin).

    Risebrough and Lamierre are building a strong team in the correct fashion with a young strong base and great drafting and trades. Building along the same lines as the Devils and the Sens.

    This is probably the NHL’s most profitable franchise and will be for years to come. Gaborik–baring injuries will make his money. This team can affordi it, but won’t upset the apple cart.

    Go Wild Go!

  15. dkball7 says:

    Although I like the devils i couldn’t resist buying a Gaborik jersey (before the playoffs). This guy is awesome. Although the series with Anaheim was drop dead boring, it was fun watching the wild beat the Avs and the ‘nucks (sorry greatone).

    “Go wild go”

  16. great_one98 says:

    They have no future.

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