Colby Kephart joins Down the Frozen River as a contributing writer with his season preview for the Minnesota Wild. His short, but direct, writing style is sure to please those readers looking for something quick to cover all the bases. This was written before final roster cuts were made, but the season came along quickly and I kind of failed as an editor when it came to posting things in a timely manner. But that shouldn’t make any of Colby’s analysis any less valuable! Enjoy.
Additions: LW Thomas Vanek, C Ryan Carter, D Stu Bickel.
Subtractions: LW Matt Moulson, C Cody McCormick, D Clayton Stonner, LW Mike Rupp, LW Dany Heatley, G Ilya Bryzgalov.
Expectation: After a good Playoff performance last year, I expect a similar season from the Wild. This year, however, one issue could be goaltending. Josh Harding’s suspended, Niklas Backstrom’s injury prone so that puts a lot of pressure on Darcy Kuemper. I would say defense could be an issue, but how can anyone say that when they have the almighty Ryan Suter. The offense should be really fun to watch this year. With the possible thought of reuniting old friends with Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville on the same line equals goals on goals. If this team can stay healthy, I’m thinking a 4 or 5 seed in West and maybe eliminating a top contender for the Cup.
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