30 NHL Previews in 30 Days – Minnesota Wild

To the land of 10,000 lakes we go, and this version of the Minnesota Wild will be an interesting one for sure.  Taking a BIG chance of the up and down player that is Dany Heatley, as well as former Shark Devon Setoguchi, the Wild have some great offensive input to add, to a team that in the past has always stressed a defensive attitude.

Frank Rekas, writing for Puck Gone Wild, has the following excerpt for your review.

2011-12 PROGNOSIS

The big question mark and the key to this season for the Wild is Dany Heatley.  He hasn’t topped 40 goals since the 2007-08 season with the Ottawa Senators.  And if Heatley isn’t scoring 40-50 goals, he won’t be the factor that his $7.5 M cap hit would suggest he should be.  He is a player who once was a sure sniper, but his attitude has come into question and he has worn out his welcome in his last two stops.  He is coming off his lowest point totals for a full season since his rookie year in Atlanta (2001-02).

After the addition of Heatley and Setoguchi, the Wild will be counting on young prospects to fill in the rest of the gaps left by the long list of departing players as they try to build on the fly.  Players like Casey Wellman, Cal Clutterbuck and Eric Nystrom will be counted on to play larger roles this season, and the success of the team depends on players like that to step up and seize the opportunity they are given.

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