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Things that are on my mind


According to the counter, the Wild's season starts in 21 days, 20 hours and 15 minutes.  Meaning, I'm spending a lot of time reading about hockey, and a lot of time getting enthusiastic.  Yet there are a couple of key points that I see about our season that article comment-sections keep missing

First off: I'm tired of hearing how "boring" the Wild are.  We've seen a 5 goal game, a 5 goal 3rd period comeback, spin-o-ramas, Guigere ducking a shot, NHL hit leaders, Greg Zanon, to name a few off the top of my head.  Yes we had a trap system, and yes we've moved on past that.  Yes our new system had a slow first year, and yes it will get better.  Maybe instead of calling our team boring, you could call it "improving" or "moving forward"

Second:  I love having 4 real lines on this team this year.  It pained me to see our fourth line never getting any quality time since their purpose was misunderstood.  Watching the playoffs last season I saw how much quality checking and 2 way play a quality 4th line provides.  John Madden was on a great 4 line team, now he's centering ours.  He's a little old, but he knows how to work

Third:  I kind of hope that our youth (Wellman, Almond)   Don't come right out with the team this year.  They're not quite good enough to play on the 3rd line yet, and I don't like the thought of them getting pounded away on the 4th line.  Give them some time to get better, then plug them in.  Also, I wonder if they can play wing (1st line??)

It's just a start, maybe no one will even read/care about my post.  But hey, there's only 21 Days 19 hours and 57 minutes to go

The opinions posted here are not those of Hockey Wilderness

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