Why the Wild needed Ryan Carter

The Wild are in a unique spot, in terms of the long-running narrative of the team. For years The Wild scrapped around in the NHL trash-bin for offensive talent with which to build a team, with minimal success. Their drafting was spotty at best, and late in the Risebrough era became downright unwatchable. They had no ammunition to pull of trades of any significance, and Minnesota was akin to Calgary in terms of a destination spot for free agents.

That left Wild fans having to watch an inordinate amount of bottom six (or worse, minor league replacement-level) forwards mis-cast as scorers. Jeremy Stevenson on a second line.* 77 fabulous games of Nick Johnson. Antti Miettinen playing on the top unit for multiple years.  I literally woke up one day to watch the Wild playing on national television a few years ago and thought “well, at least Chad Rau is playing today.” True story.  Continue reading

Season in Review: Erik Haula

Over the course of the next month, Konopkaesque will review each player who suited up for the Wild this season, with a few exceptions. 1) They had to play at least ten games during the season and/or playoffs (sorry, Brett Bulmer, Carson McMillan and John Curry) and 2) they had to finish the season as part of the organization, which ironically excludes the man for whom this blog is named, among others. 

-Sigh-

So, without further blathering, here’s today’s subject:

Erik Haula, C, Age 23 Continue reading

Three Things: Game 1

It’s just one game. It was a missed opportunity. Long series ahead, just need to steal one on the road. The Wild have absolutely no answer for Nathan MacKinnon. The Wild could play like that and win nine times out of ten. The Wild could play like that and get blown out nine times out of ten. Continue reading