Former Player Tracking: Is Anyone Still Missed?

Miss me yet?

When we hatched the idea for this weekly post, we truly expected the Wild to need one or two of these guys as they struggled to find their way in the NHL. It turns out, Chuck Fletcher looks more and more genius with every passing day. None of the moves has proven to be overly backbreaking, and the players who have filled the holes have, in most cases, more than compensated.

Still, there are still some pretty big skates waiting to be fully filled, and that is not done yet. It's tough to argue with results, though, and Chuck Fletcher's moves have most certainly shown results.

Think hard about this. Any players you're ready to swap out for those on the list? Check the update, after the jump.

Brent Burns


Brent Burns

#88 / Defenseman / San Jose Sharks

6-5

219

Mar 09, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Brent Burns 22 4 3 7 7 0 3 0 1 57

How good would Burns look running the power play right now? Even with Marco Scandella starting to look an awful lot like Burns, he still isn't there. Remember, Brent Burns wasn't the Brent Burns you know in his first year, either. The top Wild defender in SOG? Jared Spurgeon with 31. Ouch.

Martin Havlat


Martin Havlat

#9 / San Jose Sharks

6-2

217

Apr 19, 1981



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Martin Havlat 18 1 9 10 6 10 1 0 0 46

Havlat's scoring has all but stopped. Streaky much? Wild fans know all about this, of course. Havlat will rebound at some point. Until then, keep an eye on twitter for criticism of his ice time and linemates.

Cam Barker


Cam Barker

#13 / Defenseman / Edmonton Oilers

6-3

215

Apr 04, 1986



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Cam Barker 12 1 0 1 3 14 1 0 0 21

Still out with his ankle surgery. Of course... they likely aren't missing much.

Antti Miettinen

Out of work. No word on if he is searching for a new gig or not.

Andrew Brunette


Andrew Brunette

#15 / Left Wing / Chicago Blackhawks

6-1

215

Aug 24, 1973

Brunette added another goal to his totals. Hopefully that means he is about to rediscover his scoring ways and really add to his team's success. Nice to see the Hawks having so much success. We'll credit it all to Burno. It's what we do.


Chuck Kobasew

#17 / Right Wing / Colorado Avalanche

6-0

192

Apr 17, 1982



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Chuck Kobasew 24 3 3 6 -7 10 0 1 1 31

Yawn. Wake me up when it's over.

James Sheppard

Still not playing. Should be interesting to see once he is.

Eric Nystrom


Eric Nystrom

#24 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars

6-1

193

Feb 14, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Eric Nystrom 20 9 2 11 1 7 0 0 1 38

This guy... nine goals, two assists. The only thing that comes to mind? Good for him. It is very cool to see him succeed in Dallas. Wild fans miss him (or at least so I guess), especially those nine goals. Nine. Ridiculous.

Jose Theodore


Jose Theodore

#60 / Goalie / Florida Panthers

5-11

185

Sep 13, 1976



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Jose Theodore 19 1131 10 5 43 2.28 568 525 .924 1

Want to talk about ridiculous? Jose Theodore is in Florida, as a number one goalie, leading one of the top teams in the league. This from a guy who on October 1, 2010, didn't have a job. Yeah. Ponder that for a few minutes. Not that the Wild aren't seeing their normal spectacular goaltending, but Theodore is tearing it up.

What it All Means

Once again, the usual suspects continue to be the players the Wild fans miss. It sure would be nice to see Burns on the point on the Succubus power play, wouldn't it? All the while giving Scandella a Yoda to his Luke. Oh well. Guess first place in the league will just have to do for now.

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