Wild Player Performance Predictions

5 player performance predictions:

5.Zucker
Zucker had a great year this year he scored 21 goals in just 51 games and I think he easily could’ve been a 35+ goal scorer had he not gotten injured. My prediction is that he will be a 30+ goal scorer with 40+ points.

4.Koivu
He had 48 points in 80 games as a second 2nd line center (14 goals, 34 assists) amd I think that’s good numbers for him. He is good offensively and defensively and a great leader for our young team. My prediction is that he will have a 50 point year and remain on the second line with Zucker and Niederreiter.

3.Dubnyk
There is no doubt that he played amazing last year going 27-9-2 with a 1.78 GAA. Although he could be just another version of Kuemper, I predict that he will have around 45 wins, 2.30 GAA and a .920 S%

2.Suter
Suter is a way above average defenseman but not as talented as Keith or Doughty. He played well for a defenseman racking up 38 points in 77 games and being a +7. He will have solid offensive numbers and his +/- should go up this season while playing in front of G Devan Dubnyk.

1. Parise
Parise had 62 points (33G,29A) and was a +21 in 74 games. His performance should improve this year because C Mikael Granlund is getting better and Pominville is a consistent point production player. I predict that he has 30+ goals and 65+ points.

Minnesota Wild Line Predictions

Minnesota Wild Line Predictions:

Parise-Granlund-Pomminville
Zucker-Koivu-Neiderrieter
Vanek-Coyle-Schroeder
Haula-Carter-Fontaine

Suter-Brodin
Scandella-Spurgeon
Dumba-Prosser/Reilly

Dubnyk
Kuemper

Special Teams

I think that the Wilds PK will be weaker this year. Just look at our bottom six, sure we have Vanek and Coyle but we lost brodziak who is a key guy to our Pk.

Now for the PP, I think it will be better because our younger players got more experience and built chemistry with guys like Koivu and Vanek.

Goaltending
Hopefully Dubnyk isn’t like kuemper and let me explain why. In the 2013-14 season, we fell apart in December/January and called up Kuemper. He did amazing and helped us into a playoff spot and then we signed Bryzgalov to help during the playoffs. We made it past Colorado in 7 games with Bryzgalov after Kuemper went down with a concussion. Then, Chicago beat us in 6 games while we were starting Bryzgalov. Then during October of the 2014-15 season, Keumper was playing amazing, getting a shutout streak of 163:46. Then, we fell apart in the middle of December. We traded for Dubnyk and he saved our season, giving us a playoff spot, so i hope Dubnyk doesn’t have a season like Kuemper, and instead be consistent and start 60 games.

Agree/disagree?

Wild Needs for a Cup Run

The Wild are considered one of the elite teams in the NHL, but don’t have a great chance at making a good Cup run. Here’s what they have to get to make one.

1. A #1 center.
The Wild don’t have a dedicated #1 center. Yes, the Wild have Granlund and Koivu, but are any of them elite? No. Koivu is a 2nd liner at best, and Granlund is still developing. They should trade Koivu and a second for a young, elite, center (young being under 30 years of age).

2. A solid 3rd line winger. They Wild need depth from line 1-4, and they have that, but does anyone on their third line score (counting out Nino, Vanek, Zucker)? Not much. The Wild lost Chris Stewart, so they have to fill that void of an enforcer/scorer. There is plenty of talent in the free agents, so watch out for them to sign one of them.

3. Trade Mikko Koivu. Koivu is the captain of the Wild, but has to go. It’s not like they don’t have someone to fill his shoes (Parise, Suter, Pominville). He’s old and isn’t producing like a #1 center (or #2, however you look at him) should. If the Wild can trade him for a young, elite center, they totally won the trade.

Agree/disagree?

Minnesota Wild Season Recap

The Minnesota Wild did not complete their expectations for this past season. They were expected to have a year where they would be consistent and be a great team with the addition of Thomas Vanek and rising G Darcy Kuemper. They did do great in October, ok in November but completely fell apart in December and January. Then they acquired Dubnyk on January 14th and he saved the Wild’s season, going 27-9-2 with a 1.78 GAA and a .936 save percentage and helped them snag the 1st wildcard spot. Now Thomas Vanek didn’t find his stride until late in the season when playing with Charlie Coyle and Nino Neiderrieter, but he did end up having 21 goals and 31 assists for 52 points and was a -6. The Wild got past the St.loius Blues in the first round, 4-2, but eventually got swept by Chicago. Everybody was expecting a tight series, and maybe a Minnesota win, but Chicago thought otherwise. Minnesota never had any lead during the whole series. Now I want to talk about Jason Zucker. Yeo started him on the third or fourth line but soon changed him to play with Koivu and Neiderrieter on the second line. Zucker did get 21 goals and 5 assists and was -9 through 51 games and could’ve been a 30 goal scorer.

Players to look for next season

Zucker, Neiderrieter, Granlund, Dumba, Reilly, Vanek, Dubnyk

Thats all for now✌

Central Div Predictions

This will be how I think the standings will be I will start at the bottom and go to the top and I think this year for the central will be the exact same (competitive for points and very close)

7. Winnipeg Jets I say this because it didn’t seem like they got any better, or made any moves like the other teams did. They have a goaltending issue which can be good and bad with two potential starters. They still have a good offense and defense, but with how the other teams improved, I think they will miss the playoffs due to a competitive Western Conference.

6. Colorado Avalanche The Avalache are a good team and they will be a few points out because the Central Division will be competitive.  Colorado improved their center core of Matt Duchene and Nathan Mackinnon by adding Carl soderberg. I think the reason they missed the playoffs is because of Mackinnon’s sophomore slump, and as a Wild fan, I was scared they were gonna beat us in this past year due to Mackinnon’s poor play. He had 38 points in 64 games and I expected like 45-50. They still have good goalies and defense but I don’t see it happening this year.

5. Nashville Predators They still have spectacular defense and goaltending, but their offense won’t be as good because players like Fisher, Ribeiro, and Nystrom are getting older. They also lost a depth player in Matt Cullen. I do think that they have improved their defense by adding Barrett Jackman. They will be led to the 1st or 2nd wildcard, depending on if Rinne’s healthy .

4. Dallas Stars They really improved this offseason by trading for G Antti Niemi from San Jose, and F Patrick Sharp and D Stephan Johns from Chicago. They also signed D Johnny Oduya to a 2 year deal worth 3.75 a year. They did trade away Garbutt and Daley but they got Oduya to replace Daley and Sharp to replace Garbutt. They received a potential top 6 defenseman this year in Johns. Their offense will improve a lot and I think this will be their top six: Benn-Seguin-Sharp Horcoff-Spezza-Nichuskin

3. St.louis Blues They will take third because of losing Jackman, a solid 2nd line defenseman and Tj Oshie, a second line player. They did get Troy Brouwer, who has playoff experience and will contribute more than Oshie did. They also need to figure out if they will stick with Elliot or Allen. One thing they could do is trade for/sign a good defenseman to replace Jackman. To get past the first round, they will need to spread out the scoring cause they can’t just rely on Tarasenko.

2. Minnesota Wild The Minnesota Wild did lose Chris Stewart who fit well here. We gave up a second round pick for him and gave him away. We do still have a good young offense with players such as Granlund, Zucker, Niederreiter and Coyle mixed with a few veterans such as Koivu, Parise, Pomminville and Vanek. Our defense is the same with Brodin, Spurgeon, Scandella, Dumba and Reilly, with Suter, Prosser and Strachan. And then there’s Dubnyk. If he’s like our other goalies, I’m not too excited because I don’t want another breakdown year to happen and have to fight through again.

1. Chicago Blackhawks They will be very good again even though they lost Oduya, Sharp, Raanta, Richards,Vermette and Saad. They added Daley, Garbutt, Anisimov, and Dano. They will all be good because you can send anyone to Chicago and they can make them better. Expect Crawford to play great once again. Started from the bottom now we’re here

The Stars new stars

On Saturday, the Dallas Stars traded defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt to Chicago for forward Patrick sharp and defenseman Stephen Johns. This helps the Stars improve there offense. Daley and Sharp had the same number of goals (16) in the same number of games (68). Daley had 38 points and was a -13 and Sharp had 43 points and was a -8.

Garbutt had 8 goals and 25 points and was a -9 through 67 games. Johns had 4 goals and 21 points and was a +30 through 51 games in the AHL.

The Dallas Stars just signed former Chicago defenseman Johnny Ooduya to a two year/ 7.5 million dollar contract worth 3.75 million a year.

I think that the Dallas Stars won the trade because this was basically the deal:

Sharp, Johns and Oduya for Daley and Garbutt

The signing comes days after they traded for Sharp

Fact: Niemi and Sharp both played on the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks cup winning roster.