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.
#88 / Defenseman / San Jose Sharks
Mar 09, 1985
|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.
#9 / San Jose Sharks
Apr 19, 1981
|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.
#13 / Defenseman / Edmonton Oilers
Apr 04, 1986
|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.
Out of work. No word on if he is searching for a new gig or not.
#15 / Left Wing / Chicago Blackhawks
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.
#17 / Right Wing / Colorado Avalanche
Apr 17, 1982
|2011 - Chuck Kobasew||24||3||3||6||-7||10||0||1||1||31|
Yawn. Wake me up when it's over.
Still not playing. Should be interesting to see once he is.
#24 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars
Feb 14, 1983
|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.
#60 / Goalie / Florida Panthers
Sep 13, 1976
|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.