Scoggins: Heatley shoots, he ... doesn't score much

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2012 - 6:41 AM

Fair or not, Heatley's play for the Wild -- at least from the outside view -- is judged by how many goals he scores.

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genericloginJan. 9, 12 9:23 PM

Not shooting it directly into the goalie or fanning on it would help turn Mr. Heatley's "puck luck". Still a big fan and hope he (and the rest of the team) can get it figured out.

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dottyJan. 9, 1211:43 PM

Really Mr. Scoggins was this necessary? Gretzky couldn't have scored 50 on a Wild team! You do realize Heatley plays for the Wild. He's on their first line so he sees the oppositions best, game after game. My point is the Wild have never been a deep scoring team so don't expect much with such poor support. I would have really liked to see this team with Heater, Setoguchi, plus Burns and Havlet. It's like this team just keeps making lateral moves.

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firefly70Jan. 10, 12 1:47 AM

Okay, sorry - especially to all the apologists, I have to laugh! 1) When people were trying to defend Heatley's supposed off-year last season with San Jose, they were trying to say Heatley didn't need to score since he was on a high-scoring team and a high-scoring line. Oookaay... so now he isn't scoring because he's on a low-scoring team? Uumm...Which one is it?? 2) Coach Yeo is using the same excuse to defend another of his supposed point production player's lack of scoring - "Heatley's impact in other areas, specifically his defensive presence". Same thing he said about Mikko. The only thing is, I'm pretty sure the Wild didn't trade for Heatley because they wanted/needed another strong defensive forward. 3) The excuse that Heatley is on the top line and therefor sees the opposition's best seems somewhat weak. After all, wouldn't the top players on the top lines of every team be able to say the same thing? Steve Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning plays on their top line, yet he somehow is managing to currently lead the NHL in goals. And despite the Wild having "never been a deep scoring team", Marian Gaborik somehow managed to score 42 goals in 2007-08(a lot closer to 50 than the current pacing Heatley has of 26!) despite obviously playing against other team's best, game after game. 4) The argument that Heatley doesn't skate as well as he used to is also somewhat lacking. Jarome Iginla was never considered a great skater. He's also older that Heatley (34 y.o. vs. 30), and has also score 50 goals or more twice in his career. Yet he still managed to score 43 goals and 86 points last season when he was 33 y.o.; and still has more points than Heatley so far this season.

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RodcarewJan. 10, 12 7:29 AM

I think San Jose knew Dany Heatley was no longer an elite scorer and that's why they traded him to Minnesota. Unlike former Wild forward Marian Gaborik who is still a premier offensive player in the NHL. Wild head coach Mike Yeo is NOT what all the writers thought he was a month ago either... The Wild is a fringe playoff team with no superstar or elite scorer and they've come back down to earth. Yeo's Houston Aeros guys are now having trouble at the NHL level - they sent Scandella back to the minors yesterday. The club really misses Guillame Latendresse - and Kyle Brodziak has dropped off completely. When the Wild was winning games - Brodziak was scoring goals and playing well both ways. It won't be a Stanley Cup this season - maybe a 7th or 8th seed and first-round playoff exit...

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hockeyfoxJan. 10, 12 7:43 AM

Ooops, need to correct my stats. The Wild are LAST in the league in giving up shots per game and goal differential. They are 28th in the league in shots on goal per game. That is really pathetic.

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chuchadoroJan. 10, 12 7:47 AM

I don't think anyone was expecting 50 from Heatley, maybe just 30-35 goals from a player who is more than a shadow of his former self.

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chuchadoroJan. 10, 12 7:53 AM

@dotty- Gretzky couldn't score 50 on this team? I hope you're referring to the 2012 Gretzky, not the early-80's version. Phil Kessel is nearly on that pace for a mediocre Leafs team playing with future HOFers like Joffrey Lupul.

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celtics33Jan. 10, 12 8:37 AM

Who cares??? It's just "professional" hockey.

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kopelklmJan. 10, 12 9:04 AM

@firefly70 not to defend Heater but from what I hear from my flames friends Iggy plays the game his way not the coaches way is the reason why he has alot of issues with coaches. At least Heatley is listening to coach Yeo.

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jakemanoJan. 10, 12 9:13 AM

This team just doesn't have any talent, at least 'high-end' talent. Koivu is a great player that works his tail off, but he is a two-way player. He's like a Brent Sutter. Heatley has lost more than the Wild had hoped, but he still seems to get some nice chances and I would like to see the Wild use him properly on the PP. Set him up for one timers the way Jari Kurri would back in the day. Of course, a better PP unit would help. Brodz and Cullen are why we aren't winning though. They aren't doing anything and making it easy for other teams to focus on MK & DH. People can say what they want about Latendresse, but when he plays for us, he scores on a 30 goal pace. That loss of production is a big drain on this team. And, when this team was winning, they had 3 lines that were scoring. Not scoring a ton, but enough to spread things around. Brodziak's line was a HUGE advantage a month ago for us. Now, we just hope they don't give up a goal or we are done. Wellman, Cullen and PMB were playing well together...but we haven't gone back to it. They had a 3 game run, including a game in SJ, where they were great. Then Seto got hurt, cc, Lats, Koivu and then Wellman. Get them back together if PMB is healthy. Try to right the ship fellas. GO WILD!

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