what is a "contender"? that's the problem i see here...the definition of that. I think we are a playoff team this year--not a BS 10-8th place cusp team. If we don't make the playoffs, it will be an unwelcome surprise for everyone in the organization. Once in the playoffs, we're a contender.
Yes. I think that's a best possible definition of a contender.
#1 reason why I am skeptical of most of the projections I've seen:
Apparently Zach Parise's absence is enough to make the Devils plummet from the SCF to missing the playoffs, but his presence in Minnesota will have no effect on the Wild.
Even last year I don't think many expected the Devils to make the SCF. I'd say most people are taking their predictions about New Jersey from last season (early exit from playoffs), and subtracting Parise, which equals no playoffs.
Similarly, adding Parise & Suter to our team which finished 24th should boost us up to a bubble team (on paper). I don't think many are accounting for the number of injuries we had last season, though.
Expecting them to be a bubble team is setting very low expectations for yourself...which is fine because I know there are a lot of people who do that on purpose so they don't get let down as much.
Realistically, the team has a definite shot at the division title and should be expected to be cemented in as a playoff team. Certainly as others have said, it's hard to say what can happen in a season like this, but we should definitely expect to make the playoffs.
If we were 1st in the NHL when healthy than imagine us healthy with Parise, Suter, and Granlund. A healthy Wild team with Koivu alone is a great team, imagine with these players! Heatley performing well is great too, but imagine the additions.
I can't wait because i can almost guarantee a Wild explosion.
It looked as if a bunch of drunk anaysts got together and just threw darts at a list of teams to make the standings.
Just when you think TSN couldn't suck anymore than they always have...
I mean geesus!! Not even just the Wild, but almost all the teams?!?! And of course the pretty boys of the league, the pride and joy are number 1; gee that's a shocker... Let's not even consider that they lost a strong piece of who they are in Staal, and their d is worse than ours as well as their goaltending.
I understand the hype surrounding the Oilers, but every year we hear watch out for Edmonton! But each year they disappoint and end up drafting first or top 5 in the draft. I don't have Eddy in the playoffs until they prove they can make it.