As some of you have mentioned, it is painful to go through 47 season grades for scrubs and grinders. We agree. We also know that they all played for your Minnesota Wild, and thus we feel an obligation to complete the task at hand. We mention this not because we want your digital praise for our dedication and perseverance (though it wouldn't hurt), but rather to give you a head's up that it gets worse before it gets better.
Right now, we look at Jed Ortmeyer. You know, the second coming of the poor man's... well... someone. Ortmeyer should not be faulted for not being a superstar. No one expected him to be, and if you did, you need some time alone in a padded cell. Still, he came up, was asked to play above his station, and played... his position. Good on ya, sir. We'll tip our caps to you and then issue grades.
#41 / Right Wing / Minnesota Wild
Feb 13, 1978
Nathan- And we continue down the list of guys who should have never seen NHL time.
Bryan- The guy clearly doesn't know that 41 is cursed here in Minnesota. To be honest, I had to look at what JS and Jesse sent in before writing this. The guy just kind of disappeared into the background noise. His presence was a symptom of a major problem, and though he seems like a decent enough guy, and H seems to love the guy, he just wasn't what Wild fans needed. Sorry, Jed. Love ya in Houston.
Jesse- One of the guys who benefited from the injuries, Ortmeyer took an opportunity and ran with it. While it may be a damning indictment of the rest of the forwards, Ortmeyer and his line seemed to have the only energy coming down the stretch. The 4th line, sad to say, was the only line that could get constant offensive zone time. I'm not going to fall back on fancy numbers and stats, but it's tough to score goals if you don't have offensive zone time. Pretty simple and logical deduction. If the top lines of the Wild had half the heart and one quarter of the offensive zone time that the 4th line generated, maybe the Wild don't finish dead last in scoring. Kudos to Jed and his mates for at least showing up and putting forth the effort.
JS- Bleh. He's a player that has no business being in the NHL anymore. He had his time, but now, he just doesn't have much to offer. 2 points in 35 games, with a 2.4% shooting percentage is just deplorable, no matter what line you're playing on. He was pretty good defensively, which is his specialty, but he's a dime-a-dozen kind of player that would've stayed in the AHL if not for the massive injuries the Wild suffered. It's not that I don't like Ortmeyer, he was just...vanilla.