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.
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 ?
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.