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The Minnesota Wild finished under .500 at the end of this past season. They ranked 27th in the Powerplay and dead last in both Goals Per Game and team name. Things looked glum, but Minnesota just went Minnepop, and not because they say pop instead of soda. The hockey future is bright up in the Twin Cities as of the fourth of July, as Zach Parise agreed to play for the Wild, with Ryan Suter soon following suit.

Parise, who will be 28 when the season starts, has impeccable credentials. The Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils saw Parise score 69 points for them, which is a down year. Prior to his injury shortened 2010-2011 season, Parise had 82 and 94 points the two years prior. Coming to Minnesota, I think it’s more likely he revisits ’11-’12 over ’08-’09, but that’s fine. Let’s say 28 goals, 39 assists with a -6 and 30 PIM. If he joins Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu, there’s a chance for more. No promises. Heatley and Koivu may also enjoy a bounce in stats. Again, like a mall Santa, you can ask me for anything but that doesn’t mean you’re getting it.

Suter is also a baby, if by baby I mean a 27 year old, and he just came off his best season yet. In 79 games, he scored 46 points (7 goals) with a +15. Snazzy, although his PIM were cut all the way down to 30. Eh, who uses that stat anyway, right? Sadly, on such a terrible scoring team, his assists will take a hit and, in turn, affect his fantasy value. I’m not a lover of Defenseman anyway, but let someone else reach for Suter on fantasy day.

In conclusion, hockey is alive (and it lives in Minneapolis (but I don’t live in the midwest so maybe I don’t draft Suter or Parise)).  

  1. Debo says:
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    Although the Wild have a suspect offense and that would lead you or anyone to believe that neither Zach or Ryan’s stats will be matched from the last couple years. They will be paired up with 3 very good talents in Heatly, Koivu and Setoguchi which is more fire power than either had on the old team. You’re right “Hockey is Alive”, but it’s lives here in St. Paul!!!!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Debo, the Wild are certainly playoff contenders now, although I wouldn’t give them a berth just yet.

  2. bauerspeed says:
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    From Chicago, very upset Wild got Parise. Glad to see Suter leave the Central though.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @bauerspeed, the Northwest Division was so bad last season, this makes the Wild a contender. Of course, do divisions even really matter in hockey?

  3. bauerspeed says:
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    @chrisV, no I don’t think divisions real matter. Where do you think Parise, Heatly, and Koviu rank in their respective positions. I have a 20 team dynasty league draft coming up in about 2 weeks and would like to know how rankings may have changed.

    Maybe a boring name game with players would be nice.

    PS: Really enjoy this blog!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @bauerspeed, 2 weeks? Ugh! It’s too hot for hockey (or fantasy drafts). Let’s see, Parise and Heatley are still top ten. Maybe as high as 5th for their positions? Koivu, maybe I put him 20th for centers.

      I’ll be frank, I haven’t had time to chew over and digest the rankings yet. Soon.

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