Wild's Setoguchi sifts through the wreckage

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 21, 2012 - 11:03 AM

Devin Setoguchi hasn't had the type of season that he or the Wild envisioned. An odd offseason accident might have been prophetic.

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northsportsMar. 20, 1210:14 PM

Good article and Seto has hustled most of the season which has been encouraging. He also seems to play well with Cullen which makes for a good second line if the Wild can come up with a healthy Lats or someone to replace him at leftwing for next year.

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april24Mar. 20, 1210:58 PM

I still have high hopes for Setoguchi. He's still young and you can tell he's a scorer. It's a bummer to because he was really excited to come to Minnesota. It was nice to have a guy who wanted to be here. Hopefully he, and the team, can turn the corner next year.

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Romaus518Mar. 20, 1210:59 PM

Hope Seto has a big offseason. And I hope we sign Parise so he has somebody to play with.

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myblunderMar. 21, 12 5:02 AM

I hope he practices not falling down in shootouts during the long offseason. Cullen should join him.

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slugmccracknMar. 21, 12 5:04 AM

And once again its wait for next year...

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minneg56Mar. 21, 12 6:21 AM

slugmccrackin- Seems like Seto went from a car wreck to Wild's train wreck ... as for waiting for next year- there will be far fewer fans waiting next year so you may not have much company.

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mrdurdenumdMar. 21, 12 8:16 AM

The Wild still need to rid themselves of the pass-first mentality. It's to the point it's a combo of maddening yet sickening. Pass, pass, pass....then the holes that may have been open collapse & it's off to the races on the other end. When your guys like Heater have games of 0, 1, 2 shots per game consistently, that is NOT a good thing.

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jakemanoMar. 21, 12 8:26 AM

Seto might be disappointed and that is good. He wants to score more and win more. I like that he wants to be more competitive and that he still plays hard from what I can tell. But, look at his numbers...18 goals, which is on pace for the 22 he had last year (if GP were equal). I would think that with our lack of talent as compared to San Jose, these numbers aren't terrible. With a new start next year, more talent around him, maybe we'll see him push for 30 goals.

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kasargodMar. 21, 12 8:31 AM

Setoguchi is a "player" - speed, grit, and can scoring ability. 2011-2012 has been a disappointing year, but the lack of talent depth on this year's team is the biggest cause of underperformance on this team (in my opinion). It is fair to argue that the team outperformed early in the year and underperformed later in the year. I believe Setoguchi is part of the building blocks of a "contending" Wild team in the future.

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uffda57Mar. 21, 12 8:45 AM

You can never accuse Seto of lack of effort...he's always flying around the ice at high speed. Now he needs to have that effort pay off. I agree with the poster who notes that he's on pace to basically score as many goals as he has the last couple of years, which was far deeper and more talented than the current Wild team. If the team can strengthen its offensive and defensive unit in the offseason, I can see Seto becoming a solid goal scorer next season. Best of all, he's still young, with plenty of good years ahead of him. He's a very lucky man to still be alive after the car crash, and I know he will take that incident and use it as a growing experience.

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