Minnesota Wild July 2011 mailbag
I received a few questions about the Minnesota Wild through Twitter and Facebook. I will answer those questions in this article.
I read your article about the Wild’s first round draft pick. What is your problem with Jonas Brodin? I have heard nothing but good things about him and how he was the best pick for the Wild.
I have nothing against Brodin. However, I believe there were at least two goal scoring forwards still on the board, including Joel Armia, who I think is going to be one of the best players inthis draft.
Also, Brodin is not going to be a great offensive defenseman. The Wild has at least four defensemen in itsorganization that are under 25-years-old and play the same style as him.
I just feel there were better players that the GM Chuck Fletcher could have taken.
I wish the Wild would have hired an experienced coach. What do you think?
I like the hire.
I was both surprised and not surprised by it.
I am not surprised because Fletcher really liked Yeo when he hired him a year ago and many in the hockey circles believe Yeo is going to be a superstar head coach in the NHL.
I am surprised because there are so many similarities between him and former head coach Todd Richards. Both are rookie head coaches at the time of the hiring, both run almost identical systems and both have similar experiences with Fletcher.
I was surprised that Josh Harding resigned with the Wild. Did the knee injury play a part or did he want to come back?
I was surprised myself. What was most surprising is that the signing came prior to the opening of free agency.
He wants to be a starter, so I think the knee injury played a major factor in his re-signing. He has the talent. If he proves he is healthy this season, he will be a starting goaltender within the next two seasons.Unfortunately, it won’t be in Minnesota as long as Niklas Backstrom is still with the Wild.