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