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07-28-2012, 02:55 PM
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I see someone already did a Wild one, but I strongly disagree on quite a few points so here's my version

1) Starting Line-up


Falk, Prosser


Top Call-ups
Johan Larsson - 3rd line center
Nick Palmieri - Bottom six forward
David McIntyre - Bottom six forward
Jason Zucker - skill/speed winger
Steven Kampfer - Right defense
Tyler Cuma - Left defense

2) Top Players
Mikko Koivu
Ryan Suter
Zach Parise
Mikael Granlund

3) Wants
a) Top-4 defenseman
b) Pure sniping forward

4) Surplus
a) Bottom pairing/depth defensemen
b) Bottom 6 forwards
c) Prospects

Trade Bait
-Team is unlikely to be involved in trades-
a) Cal Clutterbuck - No longer untouchable, but would be part of a package for a better player, not as a standalone in a trade
b) Bottom pairing defensemen
c) Bottom six forwards

5) Prospects
Mikael Granlund - C/W - This year
Playmaking forward extraordinaire. Has been referred to as the best player outside the NHL.
Jonas Brodin - D - This year/next year
Defenseman with fantastic skating. "Mistake-free" and a safe defenseman who makes a great first pass. There's hope for him to develop his offensive game. Projects as an elite #2, or possibly #1 defenseman down the road.
Mathew Dumba - D - 1-3 years
Big hitting, aggressive defenseman. Drafted 7th overall this year.
Matt Hackett - G - 1-2 years
Organization's goaltender of the future. Set an NHL rookie record last year with the longest shutout streak to begin a player's career.

I'll cut off there although the next 5 prospects would each be top 5 or even top 3 in most teams prospect pools.

6) Strengths
a) Forward depth - both top 6 and bottom 6
b) Prospect pool
c) Bottom pairing defensive depth
d) Goaltending

7) Weaknesses
a) Top-4 defense
b) Top-4 defensive depth
c) Experience (especially on the blueline)

8) Draft Picks
2013: All Wild picks except 3rd round. SJS 3rd round. NJD 3rd round. NYR 7th round
2014: All Wild picks

9) Cap Situation
Just under the cap this year. Next year $14MM comes off the books (replacement cost around $7MM) and another $8.5MM the following year (replacement cost around $4MM).

10) Season Projection
Should contend for the Northwest Division but likely will fall short. Expect a 4-6 finish in the West.

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