Based on the previous metrics mentioned before, coaching seems to be the best thing going for Minnesota. On the prospects end, let’s just say that the program is getting there.
The Wild have been given the distinction of "a strong candidate for a home playoff seed," but so far on this breakdown they’ve been lacking in depth. Can Brodin and Dumba have the breakout seasons to get Minnesota deep into the postseason?
Vollman thinks Granlund could be the next Minnesota forward to get close to that Selke pinnacle (something a winger hasn’t done in over a decade). The Top 6 for Minnesota looks appealing, but there are a lot of question marks regarding how deep this roster really is.
Minnesota had a top 10 power play in 2016-17 and Eric Staal’s comeback season provided an energetic scoring line
The goalie corps ranks 7th with a lack of a stable back-up, and the PK returns to that "average" spot at 15th.
...and I have some thoughts about those thoughts.
despite the latest late-season swoon, most of the Wild’s underlying numbers look great
One of the biggest complaints from Mike Yeo's detractors was that he valued the wrong factors of play when deciding on ice time. It's a solid claim, and it's one that deserves a closer examination. I use six years of NHL game statistics and modeling techniques to identify the traits Mike Yeo valued most and find out who got more than their fair share of ice time and who got the short end of the straw.
Trading Spurgeon is an awful idea and I'm going to tell you exactly why.
With the brief cease in NHL games, this seems like a good time to assess how the Wild's season has gone so far from a statistical point of view.