Younger Wild players step up, raise Yeo's expectations

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2014 - 11:01 PM

Keith Ballard looked to his right, and in a row sitting at their stalls were Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella, Jason Zucker and Brett Bulmer.

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azmnbbJan. 6, 14 6:34 AM

For once, Yeo praises the young guys, but Heatley still gets more ice time. He sounds like the typical politician, talking out of both sides of his mouth.

dirtydogsJan. 6, 14 7:34 AM

That young Russian defenseman Zadorov that helped beat the USA in the world juniors was one of the stars of the tourney. Sure would look good in a Wild uniform. He was taken by Buffalo of course with one of the picks we sent to get Pominville. Still say the Pominville trade will not produce a deep playoff run and just sent our rebuilding process back.

lakneeJan. 6, 14 8:59 AM

ARRey sez: Imagine how many more goals Backstrom would be allowing without all those blocked shots. goals against could consistently reach double digits. Granlund is playing great, but is one big hit away from being knocked cuckoo again. Then what? Parise is missed. Spurgeon is greatly missed. Koivu would tremendously be missed. Time for No. 29 to pick it up. Could really use Hackett and Larsson right about now. Not to mention those draft picks. If there's all that young talent to burn, what is Veilleux doing here? Or Rupp? Kassian (and hate to say it -- Leddy) would look pretty good right about now.

jacksoncageJan. 6, 14 9:00 AM

Yep, we have so much outstanding young talent we must be virtually undefeated in our last 15 games. Hmmm, let me do an internet search to find our record.

siouxchampJan. 6, 1410:09 AM

Dumba will provide depth? I don't think so. Most might say it's too early but this guy was a draft bust.

bryologyJan. 6, 1412:23 PM

If Fletcher is serious about anything he will fire Yeo, trade Koivu and trade Dumba.

joe_mnJan. 6, 1412:41 PM

first "career" hat trick? is that redundant? first hat trick ever or first hat trick during career?

gvn2wailJan. 6, 14 1:10 PM

Dumba is 20, and needs to get older, bigger, and more experienced. Give him a few years to grow and he will be a top 4 defender (anyone remember Grandlund's struggles last year??). Pommer has 18 goals, 11 assists so far this year. The guy creates offense when he is on the ice, simple as that. He can play the point on the PP, can take and win face offs, can do the PK. Overall he is INCREDIBLY VALUABLE TO A TEAM THAT NEEDS SCORING. Take him away and what offense do we have right now. I think we got a great deal with a player who has incredible tools that we did not have prior. You can't always draft and develop a guy of his caliber. Our trade to Buffalo: Larsson has 1 point in 20 games with Buffalo, Hackett is 9-10 in the AHL, with a save % just over 90%, Zadorov from Russia, and currently is projected to have a C level of success in the NHL. That isn't very good. Look at depth as well... Larsson is a center, and we have Koivu, Grandlund, Coyle, Brody, Mitchell, Haula... you have a large number of decent centers... where are you going to put Larsson? Same for Hackett (Gustafsson, and Kuemper). What about the 2nd rouder next year? Remember, Datsyuk and Zetterberg were all late round draft picks.... we messed up in giving up that 2 rounder huh... Leddy is a third line defender for Chicago, and that is all he will ever be. Get over it. You all remind me of the guy I sat by at the Xcel on Friday night, complaining that we haven't replaced the large body and toughness that Boogaard brought to the power play (he played the power play? Tell me when...), that the Wild are the only team in the NHL that would have kept Harding on the roster after his MS diagnosis (guarenteed contracts in NHL would make us pay for his salary even though we would "cut" him, and even if we wanted to, we couldn't buy out his contract due to injury), and that Parise and Suter are two of the most overrated NHL players in the league. Sigh.

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