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On 12/26/2022 at 3:23 PM, Jimtown guy said:

The Minnesota Wild will have five prospects participating in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship in Halifax and Moncton, Canada, Dec 26 - Jan. 5:

D Jack Peart - USA
F Caedan Bankier - Canada
F Liam Ohgren - Sweden
F Servac Petrovsky - Slovakia
D David Spacek - Czechia

 

https://www.nhl.com/wild/news/five-prospects-world-juniors-rosters-122122/c-339044612

So far, in my opinion, out of 5 prospects is only David Spacek merit attention.

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Jesper Wallstedt wins his 5th straight start. In that time frame, he has allowed a total of 5 goals. He out duels Jaroslav Askarov last night, stopping 36 of 38 shots. He has a 1.00 GAA and .967 sv% in his last five starts (5-0-0) 

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1 hour ago, Jimtown guy said:

Jesper Wallstedt wins his 5th straight start. In that time frame, he has allowed a total of 5 goals. He out duels Jaroslav Askarov last night, stopping 36 of 38 shots. He has a 1.00 GAA and .967 sv% in his last five starts (5-0-0) 

 

I honestly hope they leave him down there until he is ready rather than trying to hurry him along because the owner has ants in his pants to make the playoffs...

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2 hours ago, IllaZilla said:

 

I honestly hope they leave him down there until he is ready rather than trying to hurry him along because the owner has ants in his pants to make the playoffs...

Hopefully MAF gets his game back together so the owner doesn't get to make that hurried decision for the organization. 

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Jesper Wallstedt helps Iowa win again! That's 7 straight starts with a win for Wallstedt. 
Along with being 7-0-0 in the last 7 starts, he rides a 1.14 GAA and a .960 sv%. He hasn't allowed more than 2 goals in any of the starts.

 

 

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Minnesota Wild

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SIGNING We have signed F Hunter Haight to a three-year, entry-level contract.

 

Interesting. According to presented picture he is a left handed person, but according to elite prospects data he is a right shooting player and a centerman who has a pretty good scoring stats in his career.

 

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Last night, Caedan Bankier picked up 2 assists in a 5-2 win. He also had 3 SOG, 2 PIM, and went 19/23 on faceoffs! He is on a heater, a 15-game point streak, that includes 8 points in his last 2 GP. He has touched the 80-point mark (35+45) in 52 games 

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Marco Rossi named AHL Player of the Week. Had his first pro hat trick and two assists in three games. #mnwild 2020 first-round pick has 13 points and 27 shots in his past seven games. He is tied for second on Iowa with 45 points in 44 games.

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3 hours ago, Starofthenorth said:

Army was garbage and he couldn't develop quality prospects and instead benched them and let them walk.

Valuable decision. It should be done at least 3 seasons ago. Lots of prospects lost an interest or walked away from this farmers club. Future strategy was wrong. Hopefully with new coaching team we will have a better success there and persistent playoffs participation like we do have in a main club. No doubt, State of Iowa will be more happy as well as Minnesota State of Hockey too.

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I don't think Army was garbage.  This is because Rossi hasn't matched the hype.  He was given plenty of opportunity and chances to dominate in Iowa.  He just never seized the initiative.  

 

I think Army did a reasonable job of playing a system where the players matched a system Minnesota had, but they felt the team was capable of more.  But beyond the Gerry Mayhew / Covid canceled season, they never had a team that really had a potent offense.  They probably felt Iowa was kept intact enough to go on a long run, but they never really took off.  Rossi was inconsistent; and by the time he started to heat up then they were either saddled by injuries or call ups.  

 

Bachman was kept, so obviously they were happy enough with Wallstedt's development.  

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Yesterday, after the Wild playoffs game#5, I was listening post game show. One of the questions was regarding Iowa Wild team and why coaching staff was fired so fast. The answer was a blame on coach. He was malicious, very heavy on prospects, and organizing meetings after meetings, meetings after meetings which players were not able to resist.

Interesting,  I was talking about to fire him at least 3 seasons ago because of his strange decisions regarding prospects training and who was having priority to play and who was not. So many previously high scoring prospects became invisible through his system of training. 

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He met with players to go over their shifts so they knew where they could improve.  That's called developmental coaching.  That's EXACTLY what you want an AHL coach to do.  NHL teams try to do this as well when they have time.  They get sent clips where they can watch their shifts and learn from their mistakes or see where they made good choices / reads.  

 

Malicious?  In what way?  What proof do you have of that?  High scoring prospects became invisible...why is that coaching?  Maybe they were great scorers in junior or college and (gasp) the pros are tougher to score in.  

 

Look at the time and space some of these kids have in major junior and then they don't get that time and space in the pro's.  Openings on the ice are fleeting, almost everyone in the league is a decent skater.  Army and his staff were a scapegoat for Rossi failing to live up to the hype.  

 

He isn't fast, he isn't dynamic, he has reasonable hands but he's hesitant and inconsistent shift to shift.  That wasn't the way he played as a junior player.  That isn't on the coach.  Tim Army gave him lots of time, until Rossi decided to ignore the defensive side of the puck and then he started to reduce his minutes.  He did the same with Sammy Walker. 

 

People think the Wild prospect pool is just loaded...desperation has filtered into their expectations.  If they were really as good as sites that said we had the top prospect pool Iowa would be dominant but they're not.  

 

Daemon Hunt had a good year of development, so did Wallstedt and so did Adam Beckman who started to find his scoring touch after a tough first year as pro.  Army and company lost their job because Rossi couldn't step in when this team needed him to do so (after Eriksson Ek's injury) but the truth is...he isn't ready and he may never be that kind of player.  

 

Yurov, Ohgren and Khusnutdinov are all going to be spending another season in Europe.  So Iowa won't be getting any bluechip help from them anytime soon.  Perhaps some junior league players next year like Kyle Masters or Caeden Bankier will get a chance.  

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27 minutes ago, CreaseAndAssist said:

Army and company lost their job because Rossi couldn't step in when this team needed him to do so (after Eriksson Ek's injury) but

If Army and company lost their jobs because Rossi didn’t develop, Evason might want to start warming up his resume. 
They had a far more failures than 1 undersized young forward not making the big club. 
Evason’s failure to produce any real improvements in the PP and PK should have him fired. 

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1 hour ago, Tomdog said:

If Army and company lost their jobs because Rossi didn’t develop, Evason might want to start warming up his resume. 
They had a far more failures than 1 undersized young forward not making the big club. 
Evason’s failure to produce any real improvements in the PP and PK should have him fired. 

 

I agree, and that's why I think the axe will fall.  If Iowa's coaching staff is getting the axe for two playoff failures and the failure to launch of one prospect...then Evason better start packing for what's happened with the big club.  

 

Army gave Rossi every chance to develop and succeed.  He didn't seize the opportunity.  Even the big club management said as much.  I am not sure how that can be on Army for him not stepping up.  That's a personal mentality.  

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11 hours ago, CreaseAndAssist said:

 

People think the Wild prospect pool is just loaded...desperation has filtered into their expectations.  If they were really as good as sites that said we had the top prospect pool Iowa would be dominant but they're not.  

This.

 

The Wild tend to draft in the second half of the first round. Which means they get a potentially good player, but not a great player. The Wild are filled with good players. They arguably are a good team. But good teams don’t win the Cup. Great teams do. 

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