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Season Preview: Minnesota Wild

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

Conference: Western

Division: Central



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Offseason



Additions: Sam Steel, Filip Gustavsson, Andrej Sustr

Subtractions: Kevin Fiala, Dmitry Kulikov, Nick Bjugstad, Cam Talbot, Jordie Benn


The Wild had to make some sacrifices this offseason due to cap constraints, and will be hard-pressed to find the offensive production to replace Fiala. The likely candidate to fill his role is former first-round pick Marco Rossi, who should step into a full-time top-six role this season.


 


Injury Report



Probable For Opener: Mats Zuccarello (Abdomen), Jordan Greenway (Upper Body), Jared Spurgeon (Abdomen)

Questionable For Opener: -None-

Out To Begin Season: -None-

Out For Season: -None-


Minnesota has a few players recovering from offseason injuries, but expect to be fully healthy come the start of the season.


 

Projected Lineup

(league ranks in parentheses)



Forwards (11th)

Kirill Kaprizov - Ryan Hartman - Mats Zuccarello

Matt Boldy - Marco Rossi - Frederick Gaudreau

Jordan Greenway - Joel Eriksson Ek - Marcus Foligno

Brandon Duhaime - Tyson Jost - Sam Steel


Defense (18th)

Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba

Jacob Middleton - Jared Spurgeon

Alex Goligoski - Jon Merrill


Goalies (11th)

Marc-Andre Fleury

Filip Gustavsson


Besides Rossi in for Fiala, the forward group essentially remains intact. Same goes for the defense, as Spurgeon is expected to again lead the backend. The only real difference is Fleury's new tandem partner in net, with Cam Talbot shipped off to Ottawa.


 


Dynamic Players


Snipers: Kirill Kaprizov | Matt Boldy

Playmakers: Kirill Kaprizov | Mats Zuccarello | Matt Boldy

Volume Shooters: Kirill Kaprizov | Ryan Hartman | Joel Eriksson Ek

Play-Drivers: -None-

Shutdown Defenders: -None-

Shot Blockers: Jacob Middleton

Hitters: Marcus Foligno | Brandon Duhaime

Enforcers: Marcus Foligno | Jordan Greenway | Jacob Middleton | Brandon Duhaime

Penalty Drawers: Kirill Kaprizov | Ryan Hartman | Tyson Jost

PP Specialists: -None-

PK Specialists: -None-

Faceoff Specialists: -None-


 


Fantasy Impact


Studs: Kirill Kaprizov

Duds: -None-

Sleepers: Ryan Hartman

Other Roster Worthy: Marc-Andre Fleury, Mats Zuccarello, Joel Eriksson Ek, Jared Spurgeon


Kaprizov is going in the first round of fantasy drafts this season, and his linemates are likely to reap in the benefits. That company includes, of course, Hartman and Zuccarello. Also, Spurgeon is likely to get first crack at running the point on the powerplay, but Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin also project to get some time in the role.

2022-2023 PuckLuck Projections

PLAYER

POS

G

A

PTS

W

GA

SV

SO

Kirill Kaprizov

F

45

61

106

Ryan Hartman

F

32

43

75

Marc-Andre Fleury

G

34

158

1604

4

Mats Zuccarello

F

25

67

92

Joel Eriksson Ek

F

23

26

48

Jared Spurgeon

D

9 39

48

50

Matt Dumba

D

9

22

31


 


Betting Impact



PuckLuck Projection: 98 points

Floor: 81 points Ceiling: 109 points


Projection Data Confidence: 69%

(League Average: 70%)


PuckLuck Odds:

  • Stanley Cup: +700

  • President's Trophy: +900

  • Conference: +350

  • Division: +350

DraftKings Sportsbook Lines:

  • Stanley Cup: +1900

  • President's Trophy: +1800

  • Conference: +850

  • Division: +400

The Minnesota Wild are a solid choice to win the Central Division this season with a ceiling of 109 points. Of course, they're in the same division as the defending Cup champs, so any futures wager is risky.


Betting on the Wild daily has all the makings of an unders-fest, so long as Fleury has a strong season at age 38. There's really not a strong scoring supporting cast outside of Kaprizov, and the forward group has some strong defensive-minded players.


 


Season Outlook



Division Projection: 3rd

Conference Projection: 8th

League Projection: 15th

Playoffs? Likely


Minnesota projects as a playoff team, although their projection is much closer to their ceiling than their floor. They're not a very deep team, so injuries to any of their top forwards could prove costly. They fit the same profile as a lot of the teams in the Western Conference, so there could not only be jockeying for playoff seeding, but also an extended winning or losing streak could mean postseason or no postseason for the Wild.


Will the Minnesota Wild make the playoffs?

  • Yes

  • No




 


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