Dany Heatley Stats vs Minnesota Wild Leader Stats

The excitement on Twitter and other Wild fan gathering places (ahem, Hockey Wilderness) about the arrival of Dany Heatley is palpable . Questions about jerseys and t-shirts are flooding in. The jerseys are available at the Hockey Lodge and at Wild.com, t-shirts will be available in 7-10 days. While generally I would tell you all to calm down, this is the first real excitement Wild fans have had in years, so I say... live it up.

At the same time, there has been some doubt cast on just what the Wild have traded for, mostly from outside the ranks of Wild fandom. Questions about giving up Havlat, and his prowess in certain stat categories have hockey fans questioning if this was a good idea or not.

I decided to do a straight up comparison, and see where Heatley would have ranked had he had the same season with the Wild as he had with the Sharks.

Make the jump for the full table.

Wild '10-11 Leader

Total

Heatley Total

Potential Rank

Goals

Martin Havlat

22

26

1

Assists

Mikko Koivu

45

38

3

Points

Havlat / Koivu

62

64

1

Plus / Minus

Clayton Stoner

5

8

1

PP Goals

Burns/Brunette/Miettinen

8

11

1

GW Goals

Madden/Havlat/Miettinen

4

5

1

ES Goals

Havlat

19

14

3

1st Goals

Havlat / Brodziak

5

5

1

Home Goals

Havlat

15

14

2

Away Goals

Cal Clutterbuck

12

12

1

Division Goals

Brunette / Havlat

10

9

2

Goals / Game

Havlat

0.28

0.32

1

ES Assists

Koivu

30

18

4

PP Assists

Matt Cullen

16

19

1

Home Assists

Koivu

19

20

1

Away Assists

Koivu

26

18

3

Division Assists

Koivu

15

12

2

Assists / Game

Koivu

0.68

0.48

3

SOG

Havlat

229

217

2

TOI (Forwards)

Havlat

1431:19:00

1572:07:00

1

PP TOI / G (FWD)

Koivu

3:13

3:13

1

SH TOI / G (FWD)

John Madden

2:27

1:01

8

All stats from NHL.com

Using my quick (and likely incorrect) math, that puts Heatley at the top of 12 offensive categories, six of which Havlat led last season. Heatley did all of this on, what I am told, San Jose's second line. No offense to anyone involved with the San Jose second line, but they aren't Mikko Koivu. 

By all reports this was a down year for Heatly. One in which he battled injuries, struggled... yes struggled... offensively, and played in a system that was moving toward a more defensive game.  Take a moment and soak all that in. Injured, struggling, and playing ina  defensive system and he still would have topped 12 offensive categories for the Minnesota Wild with the year he had.

If anyone tells you this was a bad trade for the Wild, or tells you that you should not be excited... tell them where they can go. 

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