Record: 53-22-7 113p (2nd in Central)
Playoffs: Lost in First Round to STL
F – Kevin Fiala (Trade – LA), Nick Bjugstad (ARI), F – Nicolas Deslauriers (PHI), G – Cam Talbot (Trade – OTT), D – Jordie Benn (TOR), D – Dmitry Kulikov (Trade – ANA)
D – Andrej Sustr, G – Filip Gustavsson, F – Sam Steel
With most of the team returning, will the Minnesota Wild advance deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs this season? That is the question on a lot of the minds for the Wild.
This is a team that set a franchise record for points (113) and wins (53) and that was propelled by Kirill Kaprizov scoring 47 goals and had 61 assists in 81 games played.
The Wild have not advanced past the first round in the postseason since 2015 and in order for the Wild to advance in the postseason, everything needs to be clicking on all cylinders. The loss of Kevin Fiala is going slightly sting on the offencive side of the puck but there should be some optimism with some the moves that were made.
The big question between the pipes is the durability of Marc-Andre Fleury. He will enter his first full season as the starting netminder after signing a two-year deal and with Cam Talbot now out of the picture after being traded to Ottawa, there could be a lot of weight on Fleury’s shoulders to get the Wild to their first Stanley Cup final appearance.