Young assets in Burns trade impressing Wild

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2012 - 12:33 AM

Charlie Coyle and Zack Phillips both having big seasons playing junior hockey in Quebec.

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northsportsFeb. 25, 12 8:20 PM

Phillips reminds me some of Yzerman and Coyle reminds me a little bit of Shannahan. It is actually 2 steps in the development proces to go from juniors to the AHL and 3 steps to get to the NHL which is why it takes 2-3 years on the average but I like the looks of both of them. Zucker could be a very good left wing fit with them down the road also.

bobo72Feb. 26, 12 1:19 AM

Zucker will be a very good fit with them. I think Coyle, Granlund, Larsson, and Bulmer are all here next year, breaking camp. This team needs to get its prospects on the ice, if for no other reason than to save Chuck Fletcher his job, so they'll all be on the NHL roster next year. These guys can play, and we all know that a guy like Coyle, Bulmer, or Granlund can give us what Matt Cullen is giving us offensively, so why wait??? In fact, ship Cullen out, get PMB to retire, let Lats walk, and let's get the kids on the ice.

banjerjeffFeb. 26, 12 7:09 AM

I sincerely hope that Fletcher uses his time wisely in letting these players develop. While it's easy to assume that getting these guys on the NHL ice as fast as possible is the most satisfying route for the fans, I don't want another Sheppard situation where what appears to be an ineffective development process hampered a promising career. I can patiently wait out a few lean years if it results in a few more high draft picks, real NHL developed talent and a long period of success. I mean geez.... I've been waiting 11 years, what's a few more?

washburnlkFeb. 26, 12 7:31 AM

Was it Alexander Pope or Chuck Fletcher that coined the phrase: Hope springs eternal ?

icantimagineFeb. 26, 12 8:38 AM

Dean: The article is inappropriate and insulting the fans intelligence. Fletch made the choice on hiring rookie coaches, teams teams focus should be on the playoffs with no excuses. How many 28th overall picks work out, seriously ? Yes I am sure Fletch is a slick willy when drafting but other areas really stink

washburnlkFeb. 26, 12 9:43 AM

This may be the only team north of the mason dixon line who's fans have no expectations for the team to make the playoffs. There's nothing wrong with aquiring assets, but at some point the investors(aka Fans)need to see some return, not just promises of what the future may hold. I like what I've seen of Coyle, he has the potential to develope into a solid player, not so sure on the others. It would be nice to hear some honest assesment of where these guys are at development-wise. How many for next year, how long on others, rather than the same tired speculation.

nags34Feb. 26, 12 9:55 AM

Everyone is so negative, do you want a DR situation here again where we are just chugging along battling for the 8 spot every year with no hope of improving and more importantly no future stars. This year we had glimmers of great great play before injuries took its tole. Injuries will happen every year but going forward as these young players develop we will have the depth to keep winning. Keep up the good work Fletch, I'm patiently waiting.

ctillhockeyFeb. 26, 1212:02 PM

Did you just refer to fans as "investors"? Oh dear, what a bizarre sense of entitlement you have. A "return"? So the Wild OWES YOU something because you watch their games? It's not YOUR team, buddy: you don't own a portion of the club. Sit back and enjoy the game.

wdntyouknwFeb. 26, 1212:26 PM

It seems to me the Wild scouting team has done a pretty good job the last two years. That means draft picks may have high value in our hands. Let's sell UFA's tomorrow and acquire a couple more picks if possible! Go Wild!

funkadelicFeb. 26, 1212:34 PM

If you consider the totally passive fan who occasionally watches a Wild game when there's nothing else to do, I agree that's not an investor. However, I have no problem with the concept of engaged fans as investors. I'm a season ticket holder and you better believe I feel the team has an obligation to provide the best product it possibly can. I feel okay investing now with CF running the ship. If DR was still in charge, I would have "cut my losses" and let the tix go. And there are folks investing in all sorts of Wild apparel, etc. Real fans are definitely investors who deserve a return on their time and money.


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