I'm sorry, but crap happens. We've had missing 3 out of our 5 top-6 forwards the entire season, with no depth to fill in the holes. We are done.
Just let the tank happen because we are going to get an elite forward, who with Granlund and Coyle, will make a kick ass 1st line very soon, or a stud Dman who will fit perfectly with our young blueline.
I'm happy about our future. Much better than missing the playoffs by a few points and drafting around around 13.
So...for next year, they desperately need to get some skill guys who can skate. There's one skill guy in the lineup right now (Heatley) and he can't skate. Literally everyone else is a grinder with varying skating abilities. Watching real hockey teams, they have guys who can actually hold on to the puck, while skating, both coming across the blue line and deeper in the zone.
I also see the defense doing an absolutely horrible job with their gaps and coverage. And forwards not coming back to stop/slow the rush. Lots and lots of odd man rushes. Pretty much not running any kind of organized system right now defensively.
It's probably not the right page to talk about this issue but the Wild have little to no talent on the current playing roster. Poor MNwild fans have to watch Heatley with Brodz and Johnson on a line.
Having Koivu out kills us at the center position. All we have right now is a bunch of good 3rd and 4th line players trying to play 1st and 2nd line positions.
Don't get me wrong, I like Johnson and Brodz. I like Cullen and Powe. I like a lot of our players that we have, but only if they're playing on the correct line. We don't have the skill we need on our top 2 lines when Bouchard, Lats, and Koivu are missing. Our depth will be much better next with some youth coming in but this year we don't have it.
If we can get Parise to come in that would be great. It's a long shot with teams like the Red Wings having cap space too. They get who they want generally.
Landing Parise would help our talent on the top 2 lines for next year. Leaving us with options for guys like Cullen and Brodz to be big time players on the 3rd and 4th lines, with the possibility of stepping in on the 1st or 2nd line if injuries come up.
This year is over and I'm just hoping the wild can battle through it. I want to see effort and some heart. Hate to see teams roll over, so hopefully they can fight through it the rest of the year and be ready come next season!
Last edited by GopherState: 03-07-2012 at 06:27 PM.
Fletcher has done a fine job building the Wild organization. Yeah, there are Barker, Christensen, and Kobasew moments, but just think about how just terrible the Wild were when Fletcher was hired.
1. Prospect pool was completely empty. Pouliot, Sheppard, Gillies, and Cuma were the TOP prospects. Now we have a top-5 prospect pool in the league.
2. Wild forwards were terrible. Koivu. Bouchard. And.......... Yeah, that's right. It was those two, and that's it. I guess Clutterbuck was starting to enter the picture. Rolston and Demo (RIP) were gone. Gaborik was already out the door. Since then, Fletcher added Havlat/Heatley, Setoguchi, Brodziak, Latendresse, and Cullen.
3. The defense would probably be the main black-mark. Johnsson, Schultz, and Burns, plus some good prospects could have set the blueline for a while, but where would #1 and #2 be right now?
4. Goalies - Backstrom's contract was signed right before Fletcher got here, so he was stuck with it. But he's convinced Harding to stick around, plus drafted a lot of good goalies.