The Minnesota Wild Official Twitter account has been releasing photos previewing their newest episode of their documentary miniseries Becoming Wild, which will be profiling defenseman Nate Prosser.
One photo the Wild saw fit to tweet showed Prosser displaying several jerseys that he's worn for various teams, including ones from Colorado College and the Sioux Falls Stampede.
But what's causing controversy among the Minnesota Wild fandom is that one of those jerseys appear to be from the Kanto-based criminal organization, Team Rocket.
Team Rocket was formed around 1996, and according to their mission statement, their goal is to "Steal Pokémon for profit. Exploit Pokémon for profit. All Pokémon exist for the glory of Team Rocket."
While they've declined in influence somewhat in recent years due to the departure of their leader Giovanni, Team Rocket is a group that resonates strongly with many people. Few have forgotten their litany of crimes, from stealing Pokémon from trainers, to holding Silph Co. hostage, and conducting horrific genetic experiments leading to the creation of Mewtwo.
It is unknown at this time whether Prosser's involvement with the terrorist organization consisted of merely playing for their hockey squad (based from the Celadon Game Corner), or if he was intimately involved with the day-to-day criminal operations.
But even if Prosser's involvement with Team Rocket was tangential and innocuous, Hockey Wilderness will still call on Prosser and the Wild's PR staff to publicly disavow Team Rocket, condemn it's actions, and not display a jersey bearing the logo of a criminal organization on television.
Hockey Wilderness will report more on the true nature of Prosser's involvement with Team Rocket as information becomes available. Stay tuned for updates.
It's early, but here are the 5v5 Shots/60 stats for the defensemen so far this season. Through 5 games, Scandella is right up there with some of the biggest names in hockey. And if you look at individual Corsi/60 minutes, (which counts all shot attempts by a player, including blocked ones), Scandella is actually 4th among NHL defensemen, behind Toronto's Morgan Reilly, LA's Alec Martinez, and Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien. So if your eye test is saying, "Wow, Scandella is shooting a lot more this season", it's not wrong. It'll be fun to see if this holds up, because if Scandella is adding a new element to his game, that's good news for Wild fans.
According to War on Ice, an advanced stats site, Keith Ballard is the best scorer in the NHL, beating out Sidney Crosby for the honor by over 1 point. How has Mike Yeo not realized to play him more? With the Wild struggling to score (thanks to players like Mikko Koivu and Thomas Vanek going scoreless), why isn't Ballard in any of the games? He's sat 3 of 4 games, while Ryan Suter has gotten to play half of every game. Just a classic misfire by Yeo, refusing to put Ballard and his 8 points per game in the lineup.