2021-22 Team Preview – Minnesota Wild

2020-21

Record: 35-16-5, 75 pts; Third in Honda West Division

Playoffs: Lost in First Round of Stanley Cup playoffs to Vegas

Key Losses

D Ryan Suter
F Zach Parise
F Marcus Johansson
F Nick Bonino
D Ian Cole

Key Additions

D Alex Goligoski
D Dmitry Kulikov
D Jon Merrill

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2021-22 Preview

The Minnesota Wild are going to be in for an interesting season. As this team preview is being written on September 3rd, Kirill Kaprizov still remains un-signed. Ryan Suter and Zach Parise’s albatross contracts have been bought out, which I will touch on in a bit.

Minnesota is going to be one of those teams that is in the middle of the pack. The Wild, after buying out Parise and Suter, do lose some scoring, but not a lot. The buyouts on those two did not hurt Minnesota this season but going into next offseason, Minnesota will not have a lot of room to work with.

Kaprizov, who led all first-year players with 27 goals, with eight on the power play, 157 shots, and 51 points in 55 games played, must be re-signed.

The team does have excitement coming with the Wild hosting the Winter Classic this season and it’s expected to be a big time event for Minnesota. But as this team is currently constructed, this is going to be a team that is in the middle of the pack in terms of overall standing.

Minnesota is going to be back in the Central Division this season after being in the West for the 2020-21 abbreviated season and the competition there is going to be brutal.

2021-22 Prediction: 5th in Central Division

Projected lineup

Kirill Kaprizov — Victor Rask — Mats Zuccarello

Jordan Greenway — Joel Eriksson Ek — Kevin Fiala

Marcus Foligno — Ryan Hartman — Nick Bjugstad

Kyle Rau — Nico Sturm — Frederick Gaudreau

Jonas Brodin — Matt Dumba

Alex Goligoski — Jared Spurgeon

Dmitry Kulikov — Jon Merrill

Cam Talbot

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