Wild wins in a shootout; roster decisions coming

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 22, 2013 - 12:50 AM

With such heavy competition up front in training camp, Wild fans are curious as to which forwards make the team in about a week’s time.

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klayton6Sep. 22, 1312:50 AM

Fun game. Backstrom was terrible in the 2nd period. I would love to see what Haula could do at his more natural position. That being said, I thought he looked better than Granny tonight. Faster, stronger on the puck, has more scoring chances. Why do they keep trying to make us think that Granny is doing so wonderful. I didn't even notice him on the ice. Coyle is a man. He looks great. Big, fast, strong on the puck. I won't say this team will make the playoffs but it will be a fun year.

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genericloginSep. 22, 13 9:22 AM

Klayton - I concur, the Granlund I saw at the game looked just like the Granlund of last season. I see him spending plenty of time in Iowa this year. Coyle stood out, as did Haula. First NHL impressions, Haula appears to be a 7th round bargain. Something not mentioned - Stoner was on the ice for all 3 Winnipeg goals. Also, there were a ton of really loud Jet fans at the game. It is going to be a fun rivalry!

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MMan530Sep. 22, 13 9:48 AM

Granlund has clearly elevated his game from last year. Faster, stronger on the puck, much more responsible defensively, and showing some offensive creativity. That said, I think he's right around where they expected him to be at the start of last season, whereas Coyle is looking more seasoned. Granlund is showing NHL talent, but I don't see how he can compete with Coyle right now.

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caferevSep. 22, 1312:48 PM

If things continue the way they're going right now, the Wild should roster Coyle as its second line center and Granlund as its third. This idea that pneumonia caused some type of set back in his "progression" is lunacy. Brodziak is one of those guys that benefited from a weak line-up rather than a guy that made a weak team better. Now, we have a plethora of young talent ready and willing. Brodziak should be centering the fourth line, between Mitchell and Rupp. At the most. Then, you have the first line, then Coyle centering Heater and Zucker, then Granlund centering Nino and Cooke. This team's obviously playing a more possession style game this year. Thefore, it needs SKILLED players like Coyle AND Granlund at center to carry out the system. Brodziak...just because we signed this guy to an idiotic contract doesn't mean we need to keep pretending he's a top-9 forward. He's simply not...at least not on ANY team striving to win a championship. Give Granlund the third line and let's see what the kid can do this year.

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rosemary16Sep. 22, 13 1:33 PM

Both Coyle and Granlund are doing great in this camp, and everyone Granny has been improving, and he's doing things right to that of being a capable center. It's just that Coyle's a little better than Granlund of being a second line center. Well I'm gonna put up my lines that I put on Hockey Wilderness, and you're free to read my projected lines article but here's my lines proposal for Yeo to give him an idea. The first line will include: Zach Parise- Mikko Koivu- Jason Pominville This line is a no-brainier, these three already have good chemistry and creating scoring chances where this line is gonna be dangerous, and all can play great two-way hockey, and this line could one of the league's best first lines. The second line will include: Nino Niederrieter- Charlie Coyle- Dany Heatley This line I really like during training camp and the scrimmage. This line adds scoring and a lot of size, if Heatley can be a producing player and if Niederrieter can have a good year. This line kind of reminds you of the Joe Thornton and Brent Burns line, they added scoring and a lot of size when they were successful, so this can be an offensive minded line that'll bring secondary scoring. And Coyle is having a GREAT training camp 3-points in the last 3 games. The third line will include: Jason Zucker- Mikael Granlund- Torrey Mitchell Now I know that this line has players that are pretty much undersized but they all provide speed that imtidate opposing lines and Zucker and Granlund have great Chemistry and that showed in training camp, and the scrimmage. But this line will definitely add scoring since Granny is a great play-maker that give Zucker the edge to give goalie nightmares with his wicked shot. Mitchell is just there for speed, and his gritty play. But I wouldn't be surprised if Yeo switches him around because he's a good dependable player to provide shut-down minutes. The fourth will include: Mike Rupp- Kyle Brodziak- Matt Cooke I decided to put this line as the fourth line because Konopka isn't really a strong center, he isn't strong on his skates, and takes unacceptable penalties. So Brodziak is the better center that can play fourth line. But anyway I'll tell you that this line will be a pretty intimidating, nasty, fourth line. Rupp and Cooke have played grinder minutes in their careers, but if Rupp isn't healed when the season starts, then I'll suggest veilleux, dowell, or even haula in that matter. But I put Rupp here for being an enforcer that he truly is. Cooke and Brodziak are already a good tag-team, and both of them are always all over the ice, and can thrive a shut- down role as well against other teams top lines. Both these three will be good. So that's how I see it, we'll see what both Coyle and Granny's got in their normal positions and centers. But Yeo will put something similar during the season. So what do you guys think.

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rosemary16Sep. 22, 13 1:33 PM

Both Coyle and Granlund are doing great in this camp, and everyone Granny has been improving, and he's doing things right to that of being a capable center. It's just that Coyle's a little better than Granlund of being a second line center. Well I'm gonna put up my lines that I put on Hockey Wilderness, and you're free to read my projected lines article but here's my lines proposal for Yeo to give him an idea. The first line will include: Zach Parise- Mikko Koivu- Jason Pominville This line is a no-brainier, these three already have good chemistry and creating scoring chances where this line is gonna be dangerous, and all can play great two-way hockey, and this line could one of the league's best first lines. The second line will include: Nino Niederrieter- Charlie Coyle- Dany Heatley This line I really like during training camp and the scrimmage. This line adds scoring and a lot of size, if Heatley can be a producing player and if Niederrieter can have a good year. This line kind of reminds you of the Joe Thornton and Brent Burns line, they added scoring and a lot of size when they were successful, so this can be an offensive minded line that'll bring secondary scoring. And Coyle is having a GREAT training camp 3-points in the last 3 games. The third line will include: Jason Zucker- Mikael Granlund- Torrey Mitchell Now I know that this line has players that are pretty much undersized but they all provide speed that imtidate opposing lines and Zucker and Granlund have great Chemistry and that showed in training camp, and the scrimmage. But this line will definitely add scoring since Granny is a great play-maker that give Zucker the edge to give goalie nightmares with his wicked shot. Mitchell is just there for speed, and his gritty play. But I wouldn't be surprised if Yeo switches him around because he's a good dependable player to provide shut-down minutes. The fourth will include: Mike Rupp- Kyle Brodziak- Matt Cooke I decided to put this line as the fourth line because Konopka isn't really a strong center, he isn't strong on his skates, and takes unacceptable penalties. So Brodziak is the better center that can play fourth line. But anyway I'll tell you that this line will be a pretty intimidating, nasty, fourth line. Rupp and Cooke have played grinder minutes in their careers, but if Rupp isn't healed when the season starts, then I'll suggest veilleux, dowell, or even haula in that matter. But I put Rupp here for being an enforcer that he truly is. Cooke and Brodziak are already a good tag-team, and both of them are always all over the ice, and can thrive a shut- down role as well against other teams top lines. Both these three will be good. So that's how I see it, we'll see what both Coyle and Granny's got in their normal positions and centers. But Yeo will put something similar during the season. So what do you guys think.

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statehockeySep. 22, 13 1:46 PM

@rosemary16, why did you comment like 100 times? did you make a mistake or something?

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downsideupSep. 23, 1312:26 AM

How refreshing to hear that the Wild has tough decisions to make, because they have young talent and not how they will scan the wire for cheap veteran journeymen that can fill a spot on the roster?

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LMHANSONSep. 23, 1310:39 AM

Great game! Bring on the regular season! Nice to see so many Jets fans drive down to the Twin Cities. Competitive and hard fought games will make for a good rivalry along with the fans. Look forward to more games against the Jets, Blackhawks, Blues and Stars.

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skeptikSep. 23, 13 1:19 PM

Backstrom stopped three shots in the shootout? Now THAT IS news. Go Wild!

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