Minnesota Wild 2011 season preview
The Minnesota Wild missed the playoffs in 2010 for the second consecutive season.
So, general manager Chuck Fletcher overhauled the roster and coaching staff.
He allowed several free agents to leave and traded away a pair of the team’s better players.
While letting players leave, he acquired and signed several players with the intent on improving the goal scoring.
In addition to acquiring goal scoring, he wanted to get younger and faster.
The Wild are still predicted to miss the playoffs. But if the new players can build instant chemistry with the returning players and the injured players return to their form quickly, the experts will be wrong.
2010 Record: 39-35-8 (86), third in the Northwest Division and 12th in the Western Conference
Head coach: Mike Yeo, first season as head coach
Additions: Charlie Coyle (trade/Sharks), Justin Fontaine (free agent/college), Chay Genoway (free agent/college), Dany Heatley (trade/Sharks), Nick Johnson (waivers/Penguins), Mike Lundin (free agent/Lightning), David McIntyre (trade/Devils), Darroll Powe (trade/Flyers), Devin Setoguchi (trade/Sharks), Jeff Taffe (free agent/Blackhawks)
Departures: Cam Barker (released/Oilers), Andrew Brunette (free agent/Blackhawks), Brent Burns (trade/Sharks), Robbie Earl (free agent), Martin Havlat (trade/Sharks), Chuck Kobasew (free agent/Avalanche), John Madden (free agent), Antti Miettinen (free agent), Maxim Noreau (trade/Devils), Patrick O’Sullivan (free agent/Coyotes), James Sheppard (trade/Sharks), Jose Theodore (free agent/Panthers)
2011 Draft Picks: Round 1, Pick 10 – D Jonas Brodin, Farjestad (Sweden); Round 1, Pick 28 – C Zack Phillips, Saint John (QMJHL); Round 2, Pick 60 – LW Mario Lucia, Wayzata (Minnesota High School); Round 5, Pick 131 – D Nick Seeler, Eden Prairie (Minnesota High School); Round 6, Pick 161 – G Stephen Michalek, Loomis-Chaffee (Connecticut High School); Round 7, Pick 191 – C Tyler Graovac, Ottawa (OHL)
Projected Depth Chart
First Line – 15 Dany Heatley, 9 Mikko Koivu and 10 Devin Setoguchi ; Second Line – 48 Guillaume Latendresse, 7 Matt Cullen and 96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard; Third Line – 19 Brett Bulmer, 21 Kyle Brodziak and 22 Cal Clutterbuck; Fourth Line – 18 Colton Gillies, 14 Darroll Powe and 16 Brad Staubitz; Extra forward – 25 Nick Johnson