Working 'After Hours' pays off for young Wild players

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 14, 2014 - 6:36 AM

By staying late and working with assistant coaches, Charlie Coyle and Co. are speeding their development.

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ApelockJan. 13, 1410:19 PM

Haha, what a great read Mr. Russo. These kids are golden with an attitude like that. Flahr and Fletcher need to keep drafting/trading for youngsters with the same compete level and work ethic that these guys will be able to mentor as veterans. Love how they've stepped it up in the absence of Koivu and Parise.

rag5122Jan. 14, 14 7:09 AM

Great to hear about the young guys putting in all the extra time. This young wild team is showing, by their current winning streak, that they are not about to give up the season. To be sure, we are not at this time a Chicago or St. Louis, but in a couple of years with the blend of youth and great veterans we have we may have something special here. Keep improving and working hard guys!

sirtophamhatJan. 14, 14 7:29 AM

I like reading stories like this about the kids we have. We could have a window in 2 years or so... These kids will just get better, and Parise, Suter, Koivu, Pominville, etc. won't be too old. Hopefully they keep progressing.

scottpdxJan. 14, 14 8:15 AM

Yeah this is kind of that perfect blend of veterans and young guys. Coming into the season, Yeo was saying it was the kids that had to take that next step for our team as a whole to take a leap. Losing your top 2 offensive players, but still putting up W's, is a big step forward.

stpwildfanJan. 14, 14 8:27 AM

Andrew Brunette was one of the best with puck protection and wall play, it really shows in Ninos game this year. Really like the way these kids are developing. We have a great coaching staff.

sage62Jan. 14, 14 9:27 AM

Great article. Just wanted to add one thing for Bruno to impart on the PP; SHOOT THE PUCK! You don't have to pass the puck countless times until the perfect opportunity magically appears!!! Very proud of the younger guys & Heater stepping up. Sure hope Pommie re-appears on the radar soon.

markes77Jan. 14, 14 9:41 AM

Excellent article! Thrilled to hear about the work ethic of these kids. Kudos to the coaching staff for putting in the after hours time!

genericloginJan. 14, 14 9:48 AM

Whilst Granlund is there after hours, someone please teach him to shoot the puck. He is doing well as a playmaker, but he passes up way too many shot opportunities. This is reflected in his goal total of 3. There is no way a 2nd line center with his skill should only have 3 goals this far into the season. Brodziak has more!

sourenmnJan. 14, 1410:22 AM

Haula should join them in aftwerhours. He's getting close to be ready and with some extra work he'll just might get there faster. I hope these two lines stay together even when Koivu and Parise are back. Enough of moving players around, I think we found some chemistry there.

dakfanviewJan. 14, 1410:53 AM

If one thing sticks out to me is that some of the veteran players might be doing a little too much fishing and not enough off season training. Some are just now getting into game shape half way through the season. If our vets would have been ready like the Ducks, Blues and Hawks I think we could be giving them a run at this point. I really like this teams speed and hand skills. Especially the young guys character and drive. Now if Yeo doesn't screw it up in the mean time I think we can play with them at this point and thats if Fletcher gets us another Goalie just incase Josh can't go.


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