Minnesota Wild Players’ Report Cards

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Mikko Koivu Regular Season Stats- 82GP 17G 39A 59P +6

Playoff Stats- 6GP 3G 2A 5P Even

The Captain, what can you say, he had one of he’s best seasons in a long time. Koivu led the Wild in points this season with 59. Also, if we combined his goal total from the regular season and the playoffs, he reached the 20-goal mark for the first time since 2009. At age 33, he still managed to play all 82 games this season and was once again on the NHL’s top faceoff men. He continued to score big goals in the postseason by scoring both game winning goals in the Wild’s two wins against Dallas. Overall, Koivu was more than impressive in a year in which the young guns were suppose to overtake his job.

            Grade: A-

Zach Parise Regular Season Stats- 70GP 25G 28A 53P -3

Playoff Stats-DNP

The injury bug was once again hit Parise, who missed 12 games during the regular season and all six playoff games. The Wild extreme missed Zach Parise in the playoffs. The energizer bunny once again led the team in goals with 25. The team was struggling the tickle the twine against Dallas and a health Parise really could have made that series interesting. He has yet to play a full season with the Wild and his 53 points were the lowest in his career since the lockout year of 2012 and not including that, his lowest since his rookie year in 2005 with Devils. It looks like offseason surgery is in store for Zach and hopefully comes back in full swing next year because the Wild need him.

            Grade: B-

Mikael Granlund Regular Season Stats- 82GP 13G 31A 44P -12

Playoff Stats- 6GP 1G 2A 3P -2

I think the story with Mikael Granlund continues to be the same, when is he going to take that “next step” in his game. 41 points in 2014, 39 points in 2015, and 44 points in 2016. Even though it is his career high, we have all been expecting so much from him and year after year he continues to give us up and down Granlund. The positives of his year include playing all 82 games this season for the first time in his career. Also, during the playoff he led the Wild in shots with 22 in six games. The negatives include his career worst-12 on the year, which was worst on the team. He continue to struggle to find the back of the net. Although he led the Wild In postseason shots, he only had one goal. He sometimes seems to gripping the stick too tight and he just needs to relax and trust his skills because we have seen him explode at times and have some remarkable goal. The Wild are still waiting, just another average year from Granlund.

            Grade: C+

Nino Niederreiter Regular Season Stats- 82GP 20G 23A 43P +9

Playoff Stats- 6GP 1G 5A 6P +1

Nino Neirderreiter was a beast along the wall all year long for the Wild! He hit the 20-goal mark for the second straight season. He had career-high 43 points and was a dominant force on the ice all year. He got better as the year went along and was second on the team with six playoff points. I loved the way Nino played this year and I expect big things from his next year. Maybe he’ll even lead the team in points? I could see it.

            Grade: A

Charlie Coyle Regular Season Stats- 82GP 21G 21A 42P +1

Playoff Stats- 6GP 1G 1A 2P -4

Well Coyle, I would love to say nothing but good things about you but when you only score one goal in your last 24 games, we are going to have a problem. Throughout the year you showed you are really starting to use that 6’3” frame of yours to get the front on the net and score goals. But then what happened? Zero goals in last 18 regular season games. He could have had 30 this year! Instead, his 21 goals and 42 points were still career-highs. He also continued to show his versatility by playing many games at center and many games at the wing. Coyle had a good year, but it could have easy been great! We want more from you next year Coyle.

            Grade: B+

Thomas Vanek Regular Season Stats- 74GP 18G 23A 41P -10

Playoff Stats- DNP

Vanek started the season off flying and really looked to have his old self back but then really cooled off late, even becoming a healthy scratch towards the end of the year. His defensive play continues to hurt the team. His -10 was second worst on the team. He tied a career low in points and had trouble with injuries towards the end. We didn’t get to see him in the playoff and we need him to remember how to score goals again or he is just a liability for the Wild.

            Grade: C-

Jason Pominville Regular Season Stats- 75GP 11G 25A 36P +10

Playoff Stats- 6GP 4G 3A 7P Even

Jason Pominville’s season is one of the hardest for me to evaluate. His 36 points was a career-low since his rookie year (not including the lockout year). He was handcuffed pretty much all year long until late. When Torchetti took over as coach and created the Nino-Haula-Poiminville line, he started to heat up. He used that as momentum and carried it into the playoff. In my opinion, he was the Wild’s best player during the series against Dallas. He led the team with seven points, including four goals. What is also more impressive, his plus/minus was even through the playoffs and he was matched up against Dallas’ top line all series long. If Pominville plays like he did during the playoffs all year, he’s for sure the team’s MVP but instead we have to call it just a poor regular season with great playoffs.

            Grade: B

Erik Haula: Regular Season Stats- 76GP 14G 20A 34P +21

Playoff Stats- 5GP 1G 3A 4P Even

Erik Haula’s season was filled with career-highs. His 76 games played, 14 goals, 20 assists, 34 points, and +21, were all career-highs for the former Minnesota Gopher. He seemed to being under use when Mike Yeo was the head coach and really exploded when John Torchetti took over. He played amazing two-way hockey. His plus-21 led the team and was 17th best in the entire NHL. He went from a player getting less than 10 minutes of ice to a guy that received over 20 minutes in the last two games of the playoffs. He was the Wild’s breakout player of the year. He will be well worth his 1 million dollar salary cap hit for next year, especially if he continues to play like he at the end of this season.

            Grade: A-

Jason Zucker Regular Season Stats- 71GP 13G 10A 23P -4

Playoff Stats- 6GP 0G 2A 2P -4

It was a very disappointing year for Jason Zuker. A drop in goal production and a drop in total point product too. He was a non-factor in the playoffs and really went missing towards the end of the year. It sucks to say it, but his decline in overall performance and with him being in the last year of his contract, you might have seen Zucker in a Wild’s jersey for the last time. With the Wild already signing young prospects like, Alex Tuch, Sam Anas, and Mario Lucia, Zucks might be the old man out. It’s been real Jason; I wish you the best in your NHL career where ever it takes you.

            Grade: D

Justin Fontaine Regular Season Stats- 60GP 5G 11A 16P +3

Playoff Stats- 4GP OP -1

I love Justin Fontaine because he’s a former UMD Bulldog, but I think his production can easy be replaced. He looked like out of camp he was going to have a big role with the team but when his was injured early the year, he kind of just lost his spot. 16 points and a +3 rating as a bottom-six forward aren’t bad number we need more from him for the Wild to keep him around next year.

            Grade: C

Ryan Carter Regular Season Stats- 60 GP 7G 5A 12P -3

Playoff Stats- 2GP 0P -1

I love the Minnesotans in the Wild’s line up and Carter is a perfect example of guy that you just love to have in any team’s bottom-6. His seven goals ties a career-high for him. At man times of the year he was the Wild’s “tough guy” as he led the team with 48 penalty minutes.

            Grade: C+

Chris Porter Regular Season Stats- 61GP 4G 3A 7P -6

Playoff Stats- 6GP 1G 0A 1P Even

I thought Porter was a poor man’s Kyle Brodziak. He did well on the penalty kill and really accepted his role. I thought he gave the team energy at time when it was need. Nothing real great but nothing that disappointing the Wild new what they were getting when they signed Porter.

            Grade: C

Jarret Stoll Regular Season Stats- 51GP 3G 3A 6P -4

Playoff Stats- 4GP 0P -1

I like Stoll on the penalty kill and in the faceoff dot but other than that he’s just veteran filling a hole in the lineup when you need him. I think it’ll be tough to keep him around because he’ll ask for too much money. Thanks for you 55 games of service Stoll.

            Grade: C-

David Jones Regular Season Stats- 16GP 2G 1A 3P +1

Playoff Stats- 6GP 0G 1A 1P Even

Honestly, I didn’t know what to think when the Wild got Jones from Calgary and to continue to be honest I think everyone with remember Jones as that guy that sent the loved Niklas Backstrom away. Anyways, he throws the body around and scores a goal here and there. Jones Thank you for your 22 games.

            Grade: C

Defensemen

Ryan Suter Regular Season Stats- 82GP 8G 43A 51P +10

Playoff Stats- 6GP 0G 3A 3P +3

In my opinion, this guy is Wild’s MVP. He logged the NHL’s 2nd most minutes. He had career-high in points and assists. He continues to guided this young group of defense and he acts like another coach for them. He played all 82 games and was a +10 during the regular season. He was strong again through the playoffs as he logged over 30 minutes of ice time for three out of the six games. Was a +3 and you know he was always matched up against Dallas’ best guys. Ryan Suter once again had a phenomenal year and I hope he gets some consideration for the Norris Trophy.

            Grade: A

Jared Spurgeon Regular Season Stats- 77GP 11G 18A 29P +11

Playoff Stats- 6GP 2G 3A 5P +1

Jared Spurgeon is only 5’9” 175 but played like his 6’3” 230, and I love that about him. Paired with Suter most of the year Spurgeon followed in his footsteps with setting his own career-high in points with 29. He also added five points in the playoffs and was a huge part on the Wild’s power play. I’m glad the Wild rewarded him with a contract extension because it looks like he has many solid years in front of him.

            Grade: A-

Matt Dumba Regular Season Stats- 81GP 10G 16A 26P +1

Playoff Stats- 6GP 0G 2A 2P -2

Dumba also set career-highs in goals, assist, and points but made many mistakes along the way. Dumba is only 21 years old and we know how much he loves to get evolved in the offense but sometimes he gets himself in trouble by trying to do too much. I think Dumba is on his way to a great career and the Wild cannot afford to lose him this summer. Give him a new contract and let him keep learning behind Suter. Because when Dumba is feeling it, he is one of the most exciting players to watch in the NHL.

            Grade: B-

Marco Scandella Regular Season Stats- 73GP 5G 16A 21P +6

Playoff Stats- 6GP 1G 0A 1P -7

After signing a contract extension last year, I thought Scandella took a step back this year. His goal production was down and really struggled to find his game in the playoffs. I think injuries disrupted a season that was going smoothly to start. We did however, see times where he showed off his great speed and even better shot. His playoff series against Dallas was awful, his -7 was not pretty. I’m hoping he can put that in the past and come back strong next season.

            Grade: C-

Jonas Brodin Regular Season Stats- 68GP 2G 5A 7P -5

Playoff Stats- 6GP 1G 2A 3P +3

This was the first season in Jonas Brodin’s young career that his plus/minus was negative (-5). About midway through the season he suffered a broke foot and I think that really hurt his foot speed for a while. I don’t know if he fully recovered until late in the year. He did have a strong playoff though, three points and a +3. I look for him to have bounce back year next year.

            Grade: C

Mike Reilly Regular Season Stats- 29GP 1G 6A 7P -4

Playoff Stats- DNP

I think this was a perfect, get your feet wet in the NHL season for Mike Reilly. He definitely made some mistakes, but also showed times of some extreme talent. I think he will be a big part the Wild’s power play for many years to come. The kid has some skill.

            Grade: C+

Nate Prosser Regular Season Stats- 54GP 3A 3P +1

Playoff Stats- 6GP 0G 1A 1P -6

BEST PENALTY KILLER. WILL DO ANYTHING TO BLOCK A SHOT. Other than that he spot filler.

            Grade: C

Goalies

Devan Dubnyk Regular Season Stats- 67GP 2.33GAA 32W 26L 6OT 5SO .918SV%

Playoff Stats- 6GP 3.34GAA 2W 4L .877SV%

I think we have such high expectations after what Dubnyk did last year, that’s was this year just looked so average to us. I don’t think he loss us many games but I also don’t think he won us many either. Dubnyk is a solid goaltender and the Wild are happy they have him for years to come. The playoffs were a little shaky though. He did let in some soft ones and his .877SV% isn’t pretty. He needs to be better for the Wild to get deeper in the playoffs.

            Grade: B-

Darcy Kuemper Regular Season Stats- 21GP 2.43GAA 6W 7L 5OT 2SO .915SV%

Playoff Stats-DNP

Kuemps you’re a great back up and you gave us the minutes when we needed you. Your goal support was awful and that’s why your win/loss record is what it is. I think you want to compete for a starting job again so this could be your last time in a Wild sweater.

            Grade: B-

 

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