Start of the Minnesota Wild Season
By Aaron Heckman
The Minnesota Wild have started the season well. The Wild are 14-8-2. The Wild are third place in the division and seventh in the league. They are one game behind Colorado for second in the division. The Wild have beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche and the Winnipeg Jets who are all top teams in the NHL.
The Wild have been struggling lately seeing as how they have lost four of the past seven games. They lacked scoring last year, despite all the injuries, and depended mostly on Eric Staal and Jason Zucker. However, that is not the case for this year, as many players have stepped up their game.
Zach Parise leads the Wild in goals with 11 and has been a huge reason for the successful start. Also, Mikael Granlund who had 21 goals last year is already at 10 goals this year and is on pace for a career high in goals. Mikko Koivu, the Minnesota captain, has probably been the biggest surprise with 20 points. Koivu is on pace to be near 70 points at the end of the season, which would be his best season since 2009 when he had his career best of 71 points. Jason Zucker and Eric Staal have both had a great start to the season with 17 goals and 33 points between the two of them. Matt Dumba has been a force on the blueline with 10 goals; he leads the NHL in goals as a defenseman and has been very aggressive so far this season.
Marcus Foligno has been quite physical, seeing as how he has 71 hits in 24 games. To put that in perspective, Foligno has more hits this year than Dustin Byfuglien, Nikita Zadorov, Adam Larsson and Cal Clutterbuck who are some of the most physical players in the NHL.