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Minnesota Wild Postseason Grades

Play-in Report Card: Dumba good on defense, great on activism

Dumba couldn’t make a scoring impact in the Wild’s qualifying series against the Canucks, but his actions outside the game, geared toward justice and equality, left a lasting impression.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Regression

It’s not all bad news in here, folks!

Evaluating The Goaltending Tandem of Dubnyk and Stalock

After a disappointing season, both Dubnyk and Stalock need to have bounce-back years if Minnesota wants any shot at returning to the postseason.

Evaluating the Defensive Corps

Yeah, defense isn’t the problem here.

Evaluating The Forward Corps

Overall production was down, but there is a bit of sun peeking through the clouds for the Wild.

Chuck Fletcher, despite his flaws, is a good GM

Kurtis Gabriel: One-punched into Wild lore

Mikael Granlund Had a Career Year

Just in time for his RFA negotiations too

Zack Mitchell: Career AHL-er

Erik Haula turns in average season, faces uncertain future

There are several roads that lead out of, but just as many that lead back to Minnesota

Despite His Size, Alex Tuch Didn’t Cast Much of a Shadow

Tuch failed to capitalize on his opportunities this season, but he’ll get another chance next year

Jared Spurgeon’s career year shows that size isn’t everything

The Minnesota Wild’s best defenseman continues to get better despite the odds.

Tyler Graovac struggled all season with fulfilling his role

A Tale of Two Seasons for Devan Dubnyk

Sustaining Dubnyk’s elite play throughout next season will require a solid second goaltender.

Nate Prosser saw his role decline, played well despite reduced minutes

Darcy Kuemper has likely played his last game for the Wild

After losing the starting gig to Devan Dubnyk, it was only a matter of time before Kuemper left for other pastures.

Chuck Fletcher’s battle with Jason Pominville’s contract

Jonas Brodin got his groove back and took a step offensively

But there remain questions about the recent IIHF Gold-medalist’s future

Mathew Dumba and the breakout year that wasn’t... or was it?

Dumba had an odd statistical season that may mean he is on his way out of Minnesota. Wild fans could regret that.

Gustav Olofsson improved throughout the Wild’s season

Despite some injuries, Olofsson showed he’s ready for the big time next season.

El Niño: An Ode to Nino Niederreiter

Ryan White was not the 4th line hero he was billed to be

White came to Minnesota as a throw away piece in a trade to fill a void that wasn't there.

Ryan Suter can maintain elite status for many more seasons

Suter’s ‘16-’17 performance was more of the same, another solid and subtly dominant campaign.

Martin Hanzal was effective in his short time with the Minnesota Wild

Brought in at the trade deadline, Martin Hanzal solidified the Wild’s center depth.

Zucker earned his spot on the protected list for the expansion draft

A career-year likely means Zucker has made his home in Minnesota.

Joel Eriksson Ek’s next challenge: Seize a spot on the Minnesota Wild

The Swedish center impressed, but still must improve to claim a full-time NHL job.

Eric Staal’s rebound season makes expansion draft protection that much harder

There is still another level to Zach Parise’s game

2016-2017 was the season of illness for Parise

Schroeder set career highs, but he is still just a ‘tweener

Mikko Koivu Excelled in His New Role

Mikko Koivu played his way to a Selke-worthy year as the Wild’s defensive stalwart and third highest scorer.

Chris Stewart shaved his little beard and performed as expected

In his second stint with the Wild, Stewart again performed well in his role, but left us wanting more.

Marco Scandella finds himself as the odd-man out after two lackluster seasons

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