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Minnesota Wild 2012 Season Grades: Kurtis Foster

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DETROIT, MI - MARCH 2:  Kurtis Foster #20 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on March 2, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MARCH 2: Kurtis Foster #20 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on March 2, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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Part of the return on the Marek Zidlicky trade, Kurtis Foster returned "home" to the Xcel Energy Center to a loving fan base and open arms. Unfortunately, this wasn't the Kurtis Foster we knew before Torrey Mitchell shattered his femur. Not surprising really, but the guy who could run a power play if needed and provide howitzers from the point for Owen Nolan and Andrew Brunette garbage goals was gone.

Foster spent most of his partial season with the Wild auditioning for other NHL executives, and I hope it works out well for him. I'd like to see him get another shot, but I just don't know if it's going to happen.


Kurtis Foster

#20 / Defenseman / Minnesota Wild

6-5

226

Nov 24, 1981



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Kurtis Foster 51 4 10 14 -13 35 2 0 0 85

Nathan - I think I see why New Jersey had no problem moving Foster, he just isn't the same guy anymore. Disappointing, because I wanted to see that cannon back on the blue line and get someone who would have a hard, heavy shot on the power play, but Fozzie's game isn't there.

Grade: D

Bryan - It was good to have Fozzie back in a Wild sweater, even if it was only a handful of games. Fourteen games played, no points, back issues... that wasn't the way he wanted the season to end, but it is what it is. It is highly unlikely he will be back next season. He wasn't terrible in his games, but he certainly wasn't the Kurtis Foster of old.

Grade: D+

Jesse - Foster made his return to the State of Hockey for an illustrious 14 games. 0 points in that time frame. However, he did come in during a part of the season when the Wild were basically laying down and dying. Foster did have 14 points in 37 games prior to his stint in Minnesota, so there's still some talent left. His defense was better since the last time he was here. In the end, he was another warm body for the roster, but he wasn't a total detriment to the team.

Grade: C-

JS - Well, it's no secret to Devils fans that Kurtis Foster is lousy at playing defense, and that certainly didn't change in his return to the Wild. I love the guy, but he had 0 points, ended up a +1, but was a scratch 7 times. He wasn't really an improvement over Zidlicky and there's a reason he was traded twice this season. He just hasn't been able to bring the goods since a breakout campaign with Tampa Bay 09-10. Sorry Fozzie, but your time with the Wild is up. Again.

Grade: C-