Wild's Wellman: California talent strikes goals

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 6, 2011 - 12:01 PM

Casey Wellman saw his stock slip as the Wild rebuilt its farm system, but now the former San Jose Junior Shark is making an impact.

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april24Dec. 5, 1111:33 PM

I hope Casey can fulfill his potential and stick with the Wild. He seems like a good kid who really wants it. If he keeps playing the way he has they'll have to keep him.

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daved1420Dec. 6, 11 8:48 AM

I think he'll do just fine if he's a top 6 guy. He will fail on a checking or energy line, as he did during his other call-ups.

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jakemanoDec. 6, 11 9:24 AM

Wellman fits right in with these other skill players. Keep him on a line with Cullen and Butch, he will be just fine.

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karolj1Dec. 6, 11 9:31 AM

Good Luck tonight and enjoy playing in front of the fam and your old organization Casey. Score another goal for three in a row!!! WILD WIN!!!

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floridascottDec. 6, 11 9:32 AM

Mr. Wellman has two goals in 3 games this year for the Minnesota Wild. I would guess that the two goals traveled a grand total of 4 feet as he was planted in front of the net when he scored both of them. If fact his first goal went off his skate, he did not even use his stick to score the goal. According to NLH.com Mr. Wellman is 173 pounds. Not exactly a monster to say the least. It doesn't take a genius to figure out good things happen when you go to the net. Heck, Ryan Smith has probably earned 20 Milion dollars in his career by standing in front of the net. My question is if you were a 6'2 210 pound forward who is on pace for 12 goals this year, wouldn't you consider going to the net from time to time? Or how about just shooting the puck on an odd man rush.

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uffda57Dec. 6, 1112:01 PM

I have to agree with Russo that Wellman became sort of the invisible man as soon as they began deepening the prospect pool with guys like Granlund, Phillips and Coyle. He's doing a great job with the team right now, but realistically, if any or all of those guys pan out as expected, he's just not going to be able to stay in the lineup. This is a fact for lots of kids in any pro sport when they first come up. Casey should keep working hard, not just to stay with the Wild as long as possible, but also to be as attractive as possible to other teams who aren't as deep in the talent pool and could use a quick young forward. Best of luck, Casey, and all the success in the world in everything you do.

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washburnlkDec. 6, 1112:19 PM

Florida: You must be referring to Koivu, who I might add has almost EXACTLY the same stats as Joe Thornton. You probably think of Thornton as a great player, and rightly so, but continue to denegrate ANYONE playing for the Wild. As for Wellman's goals, he's getting the same kind that slugs like Ciccarelli and Esposito got and you make it sound like he should be ashamed. Valid criticism is one thing but you've lost all credibility. Jump on the Penguins bandwagon. Go Wild !

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floridascottDec. 6, 11 3:49 PM

Wash.....Let me see....MK scored over 70 points once in his career......Joe Thornton is going on his 10th year in a row with over 70 points including winning the scoring title 2006 with 125 points. If you want to compare MK to someone do a little research first and try not to pick former scoring champs.

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hockeyfoxDec. 6, 11 4:43 PM

He loves California, played for the junior sharks, and has family in the area. Trade him for Joe Pavelski....;) Seems like a good fit that the Sharks just can not ignore.

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washburnlkDec. 6, 11 5:18 PM

Actually Florida it was 114 points in 06 for Thornton and Joe, being a first pick overall has always had talent around him. MK on the other hand has been saddled with the likes of Mittens. I also doubt if you'd be able to find a more offense stifling coach than Lemaire.The point was that they currently have the same stats, not that MK is as prolific as Thornton. Datsyuk probably would have been a better comparison, although all 3 are 2-1 assists to goals types. MK is not the slug you make him out to be.

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