Since Zucker got sent down and Granlund stayed, all the fans think we're doomed of getting goal-scoring or we're gonna have a hard time contributing on offense. Um, he's coming back people, it's not the end of the world. You're acting like we traded Parise. And plus we got Coyle, Parise, Pominville, Koivu, Nino, Heatley, Cooke, Brodziak, Fontaine, Mitchell, and Granlund. Hello. They can score as well.
But anyway let me get down to business of why it was smart for the Minnesota Wild to send down Jason Zucker, and to keep Mikael Granlund for opening night. Coming into to training camp both players looked good until Zucker got a groin injury that pretty much put an obstacle for Zucker to have a successful preseason. Granlund was really good in preseason. He looked faster and stronger on his skates, looking more responsible defensively, play-making ability is getting stronger, and he showed why he belongs here opposing from last season where he looked lost and seemed to had to learn to get used to playing NHL speed. Zucker was looking good at the start of the preseason but during his preseason, his two-way game needed work where you can tell that his lack of defense needed help, but as for now, it's a great idea to send him down where he can develop his defensive game. But of course we all want him, he's crazy fast and a player who can shoot, with a body to run over players, but he needs to fix his defensive game if he wants to be a complete NHL player.
Granlund sure improved while coming to camp and before camp. He has gotten stronger, he's much more quicker, he has hired experts to get him into shape, and he has smart hockey sense where he'll be able to distribute on the 2nd PP-unit, and as for during games. He came into camp with something to prove and he did that. Zucker by far I love him, but, he needs the development in the AHL. Successful players like Zucker are sent down all the time to figure out their game to get more developing, this is a good process for Zucker. HE WILL BE BACK FOR GOODNESS SAKES.
In conclusion, Granlund makes the team better at this point. And plus, head coach, Mike Yeo said it perfectly clear that the roster isn't gonna be set for the whole season. There will be healthy scratches, injuries, or even trades. When Zucker develops his defensive game, I bet you he'll bring the thunder. But seriously you're all acting like a bunch of idiots. Come on Wild fans, YOU'RE BETTER THAN THIS. TEAM OF 18,000+.
But as for that, here's for sure the opening night roster from Michael Russo:
Zach Parise- Mikko Koivu- Jason Pominville
Nino Niederreiter- Charlie Coyle- Dany Heatley
Matt Cooke- Kyle Brodziak- Mikael Granlund
Justin Fontaine- Zenon Konopka- Torrey Mitchell
It appears that Michael Rupp is still out with an knee injury, so he's a scratch.
Ryan Suter- Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella-Jared Spurgeon
Keith Ballard-Matt Dumba
So excited to see that Fontaine FINALLY gets to play, he deserves it. And we might see Dumba make his NHL debut. Good luck Wild. CRUSH DUSTIN BROWN AND THE KINGS. GO WILD!!!
Puck drops this Thursday, 7:00 PM.