Heatley, a 6-foot-4-inch, 220-pound native of Germany, is goal scoring power forward that will make a huge impact on the power play and clutch moments. He ranks first among NHLers in power play goals and game-winning goals since he entered the league in 2001.
He has 689 career points (325 goals-364 assists) in 669 career games spanning nine seasons.
The former University of Wisconsin star was named the 2002 Calder Trophy winner as well as to the 2007 NHL First All-Star Team, 2006 NHL Second All-Star Team and four all-star games.
He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers with No. 2 overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, one pick before the Wild selected Marian Gaborik.
He is a tremendously talented player, but does not come without baggage.
He emerged as an NHL superstar in the early in his career, but spent just three seasons (four if you include the lockout lost season of 2004-05) with the Thrashers.
He requested a trade from the Trashers prior to the end of the lockout, two years after and 31 games after being injured a car crash that killed teammate Dan Snyder. Heatley was the driver in the crash. As a result of the crash, he suffered several head, face and knee injuries. He pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and received probation.
The Thrashers traded him to the Ottawa Senators in 2005. He played there four seasons before requesting a trade. The Senators had a deal in place that would have sent him to Edmonton, but he denied to waive his no-trade clause for the Oilers. He was traded to the Sharks several months later.
The question becomes will he request a trade from the Wild if it doesn't make the playoffs this season.
Havlat does not have his problems as well. He was benched by former coach Todd Richards and apparently did not get along with him or some of his teammates.
Heatley and Havlat played with their most recent teams for two seasons. The comparisons favor Heatley greatly. Heatley has more played more games (162 for Heatley to 151 for Havlat), scored more goals (65 to 40), more assists (81 to 76), better plus-minus rating (plus-22 to minus-29), more power play goals (29 to 7), more shorthanded goals (2 to 0), more game-winning goals (14 to 7) and more shots on goal (497 to 398).