Mike Yeo had some faults that really resonated with Wild fans. He seemed stubborn. It seemed like, "this is my system, this is how I’m going to run my system, I know my system works…" blah, blah, blah, etc, etc, etc. Of course, every coach has a system, a belief in that system. But coaches also have to adapt their systems, or tweak them a little bit, based on their personnel, or roster strengths and weaknesses. I also believe that, at any level, you need a mix of veterans and youth. And you should trust your youth, because if you have coached them right, they should be as reliable as a veteran. But I feel like Mike Yeo had such little faith in his young guys, that they seemed to lose confidence, rendering them, at times, ineffective.
I don’t want to see the same power play units trotted out game after game if they are in a scoring drought. I don’t want to see Jason Pominville manning the point, when he struggles to even keep the puck in the zone. Keep the veterans fighting to hold their spots and the youth fighting to take their spots. I always felt like Mike Yeo worshiped the veterans, the money makers, and in turn, left the rookies out in the cold without any significant opportunity.
Enough of Kyle Brodziak, Chris Porter, Justin Fontaine, Ryan Carter, Jarret Stoll, David Jones, Jordan Schroeder, Sean Bergenheim, Matt Moulson and Stu Bickel. My hope is that new coach Bruce Boudreau is an equal opportunity coach. That he will switch things up when they become unproductive or stale.
Let’s see what Christoph Bertschy, Kurtis Gabriel, Zac Dalpe, Tyler Graovac, Alex Tuch and Joel Eriksson-Ek have to offer. They are the future. Our top lines are our top lines for a reason, but we need productive youth to build true longevity. We need to stop inserting waiver wire pickups year after year. If you know the type of players you need, and you draft well, you should be able to trust these players. These players are the future.