I received a few questions about the Minnesota Wild through Twitter, Facebook and email. I will answer those questions in this article.
What is going on with (the Wild)? Have you noticed how quiet (eerily quiet) it has been in the Xcel lately? Do you think we are dealing with a coaching issue? I don’t get to watch as much of the games since I am typically working, but I just don’t think we can blame it on talent. There are strong players on the team, but something seems to be killing cohesion and motivation.
The Wild does not score goals and since the trade deadline has not played defense.
To say Mike Yeo is the problem is a little premature. However, I will say, that the team has been really passive, especially since mid-December.
When things are not going your way, you have to create breaks. The Wild needs to force turnovers, keep possession, drive the net and get shots to the net with traffic in the offensive zone. Defensively, it needs to stop its opponent from entering the zone with speed and force turnovers at the blue line.
There are a whole lot of things that need to go right for a team that has struggled for nearly two months.
The Wild look more like a team trying not to lose rather than trying to win.
Cohesion has been a problem. The Wild are one of the worst passing teams in the league. It can’t give good passes or catch good passes.
I don’t like to use injuries as an excuse, but I think they are playing a big part in it. It is hard to develop any type of continuity with the amount of lineup changes the Wild have gone through.
It sounds like all of the future is still in amateurs. How long do we have to wait for it?
It looks like six or seven players from the last three drafts will join the professional ranks next season. How many of them will play for the Wild and how many will play for the Aeros is another question.
Mikael Granlund looks like the surest thing to make an impact next season for the Wild. I think the rest will have an opportunity to make the roster, but will most likely start the year in Houston.
They are highly talented, but will only be 19 or 20-years-old when next season begins. It may take a year or two before they will make an impact in the NHL.