Speedy Wild winger hopes to stay away from 'Zucker Expressway'

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2014 - 12:48 AM

The forward wants to get off the Zucker Expressway.

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cntrygntlmnJan. 17, 1410:12 PM

There really shouldn't be an issue regarding a roster spot for Zucker when Whoivu? returns because we've seen that this team is more offensively talented without Whoivu? in a top six spot. Whoivu? should return to third line centre and Zucker retains his spot. Not sure Yeo has the mind or guts to finally do that, but one can hope!

cntrygntlmnJan. 17, 1410:27 PM

Fletcher could even move Brodziak when Whoivu? is ready to return. Brodziak is solid defensively but there exists no centre who is more pathetic given his offensive chances. Whoivu? takes that third line centre spot and maintains the level of defensive while providing an upgrade offensively. A win-win-win. Maintain third line defense, improve third line offense, Zucker gets his top six spot.

rayk1800Jan. 17, 1410:58 PM

I like Zucker's speed and scoring touch. You need to keep people that are scoring playing. Fontaine is the same way. Long as they work hard and make plays, take shots, and score, they need to stay.

deslni01Jan. 17, 1410:59 PM

That seems like a great idea. Take our point-leader, who is averaging about .8 points per game, move him down, and make room for a player averaging .26 points per game. Brilliant!

mgalaforetJan. 18, 14 5:45 AM

Hammerstein, why not move Parise down and Zucker replace him? When healthy there are very few in the league who take more shots than Zach. Yet compared to the elite scorers in the league, which some on here consider him to be, his shooting percentage is below average. Also what 99.9% of the people on here don't realize, is that on the road, the home team gets the last line change. Do they get to put out who they want on the ice against who they want, more often than not.

bhrnew1lJan. 18, 14 6:41 AM

Meegal, When you speak of Parise that way it is really a shot at Mister Leipold and Fletch as they hire the coach and agree on systems in place etc. Parise is a hard working consistent player, he has been that way all along with New Jersey, his stats don't reflect the results he had in New Jersey since he signed on in Minnesota, maybe they should change things up a bit with him, heheheehe...... I said before try Parise with Torey Mitchell, fans would probably think he was on the 4th line, they might want to get a center to play with Parise and Mitchell, maybe Mister Coyle

sidhartmannJan. 18, 14 8:00 AM

Credit to Zucker that he keeps bouncing back from Yeo's mishandling.

ctillhockeyJan. 18, 14 8:18 AM

Yeo and the Wild are handling Zucker exactly the way they should be. If the kid doesn't learn to play a complete NHL game, he'll never make it in this league. The Wild want him to be successful, and he's starting to show it. Do you really think he would grow if they just handed him a spot and didn't force him to learn the game?

wdntyouknwJan. 18, 14 8:25 AM

Some fans just want the highlight reels and could care less about the team game.

ml1snyderJan. 18, 14 9:09 AM

mgala - Parise's shooting percentage (10.4%) which is still better than Koivu's (7.8%). Fontaine is the team leader with (21.4%), but has taken only 56 shots; a product of being scratched and playing on the 4th line. The top 5 forwards in the league are between 14% and 19%. This just gives you a frame of reference of how poorly Koivu has shot the puck this year...when he decides to shoot instead of passing it back out to the wall. I would like to see MK take the shot in the scoring areas. His shoot% will undoubtedly rise and fans will get off his back. If he's a 1st line center, he needs to play like one.


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