So far, Wild's prospects look golden

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 15, 2011 - 11:07 PM

Intent on restocking the Wild's farm system, GM Chuck Fletcher used draft picks and trade chips to build a potential bumper crop.

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bobo72Nov. 15, 11 1:18 AM

I'll say it again: This team wins the Cup in 2014.

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hans2515Nov. 15, 11 6:13 AM

Just think where we would be right now had we not given away Leddy for Sham.

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bhrnew1lNov. 15, 11 7:24 AM

I read this article and listen to Bobo, sigh...... They will win the cup because they upgrade a couple of positions with guys that have more offense,that sounds like a good plan if your the gophers men's hockey team. The Bruins won the cup Bobo and this wild team has a heck of allot more star power than the bruins roster did ....... I will politely tell you Bobo that the team has the potential towin the cup this year with the current Last names.(reckon) I might remind you Mister Bobo that this league has nada hard time keeping star players healthy,Grandlund pictured on the front cover is a prime candidate for concussion problems because of his size, Crosby is still out and PMB has not returned to the player he was.......... The article talks about the future so fans can think the Wild have star Power coming. The Wild have again two skilled players out with concussions from hits they received . The NHL rules allowed Gaborick to leave so it would be great to watch him but Columbus has RIck Nashand he does nothing for me and

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minnystinkNov. 15, 11 7:59 AM

Fletcher has done an outstanding job, minus the Leddy trade, and that one hurts, especially how good Leddy looks for the Hawks and how bad Barker was with the Wild, but every GM has one bad move. If you look at our prospects and how well they have positioned themselves for years to come, its nice to see. Also I think Chuck actually gets it and finds players in the 2nd or 3rd rounds as well. This is something the the previous regime was horrid at, and that is missing on 1st rounders and not finding depth in the middle rounds. Very Nice article....

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floridascottNov. 15, 11 8:18 AM

I, for one, am looking forward to the massive roster turnover coming in the next two years. Will there be room for guys like Giles and Clutterbuck are questions that may need to be answered in a few years. I am also happy the way Mr.Fletcher has been able to turn around the prospect stable so quickly. I think Yeo is a good hire and offers the leadership that the team was lacking. I am still very concerned about the MK situation. His offensive production is poor at best. (1G 4A at regular strength in 17 games this year). Comparably the 2nd line center Cullen (6G 3A) and 3rd line center Brodziak (4G 3A) are playing much better. Also, I really dont see much of the leadership qualities that a captain needs to have. I just hope that MK can turn around his season because 7 years and 47.25M is an awful lot to pay a 2nd (or 3rd) line center.

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deepbreathNov. 15, 11 8:31 AM

There will be plenty of room for guys like Gilies. 3rd pr 4th line minutes, but the kid has the makings of being an effective 2nd sixer, especially when he fills out the frame.

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mgalaforetNov. 15, 11 9:05 AM

Barker put up 40 points his last full-year with the CBH, so why don't some of you just give it up on Leddy. Do you really think he would be putting up the same amount of points with the Wild? How about someone actually trying to justify that? Because you know its true, Leddy would not be putting up the same kind of points. And that is not a knock on his season either, he's having a nice one. Its called reality. This kinds of articles Russo does well IMO.

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mn218puckfanNov. 15, 11 9:08 AM

imo I hope there is no room for Clutterbuck on this team, unless it's as a fourth line player. If this team is serious about winning the Cup, and I think they are, Clutterbuck will have to be a main stay as a fourth line player. To Win the cup you need 3 solid scoring lines. Yes, I no CC can score but, we'll need upgrades in forwards to win the cup.

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mn218puckfanNov. 15, 11 9:12 AM

My only problem with Leddy trade is for selfish reasons. As Gopher Season ticket holder I wanted to see him play in the maroon and gold a little longer. If Fletch hadn't trade him he would still be at the U. But I can't fault Fletch, the Wild was stuck with some bad contracts and he had to do, what he had to do.

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mgalaforetNov. 15, 11 9:33 AM

mn218puckfan, I have been saying the same thing about CC all along. Good 4th liner, marginal 3rd liner. Powe, Johnson and Brodziak a better 3rd line than having CC on it. CC made a great pass to MC the other night. But how often does that happen? Very, very infrequently. Some CC lovers need to watch some of his passes during the game. Also, there is a reason his is put in front of the net, and told to stay there. Because he is not a good in the corners, cycling the puck, etc. The hits thing is so overrated. I believe he had quite a few hits agains the Ducks. Can anyone name just 1 that had an impact upon the game? Hard wrist shot, but how many of his goals have been scored from way out? I believe most this year have been about 1-2 feet from from the goal/goalie.

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