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2018-19 Iowa Wild and other Wild Prospects Discussion

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5 hours ago, CreaseAndAssist said:

Did anyone notice that Matt Hendricks is now a player development coach for the Minnesota Wild?  

How can they afford a designated player development coach only for the up-and-coming 4th liners...

 

 

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I did some research because of the contradictory data where Ivan Lodnia was born. Some data showing that he was born in Los Angeles, California and some in Novi, MI. Even eliteprospects.com was confused too because first, they wrote Los Angeles, CA , then they wrote Novi, MI. I found recently an article "Ukranian pro hockey update" from the Ukranian Daily (Feb.22,2019) - where it was written the whole biography of Ivan Lodnia till 2019. According to it, Lodnia was born 3 years after the family moved from Ukraine to Los Angeles, CA  in 1999. Then 13 y.o. Ivan with his family(except his sister Masha)  moved to the Detroit area  in 2013 (which is Novi - a suburb of Detroit).
Here is a 2019 year article from the Ukranian Daily:

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And below is a link  to a 2013 year article about an Ivan Lodnia's sister Masha on how she operates their family hockey business and talking about her brother success:

 

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Here is the 3-on-3 tournament if you want to see it.

 

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Here are nice highlights 2018-2019 of  our prospect Matvey Guskov on YouTube, who has a very strong one timer shots and a smart play reading during the game :

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Not much agree about a kind of diminishing article of KyleHattrick regarding of Matvey Guskov play, especially when he based on Dominic Tiano OHL writer who said Matvey does not have an excellent one-timer shots.  I do not know what he was watching - Guskov does have a perfect one timer shots, which will be valuable for the Wild team, having a lack of those. That was proved also during our Development Camp this summer. He could be at least a second-line center in the future for the Wild team, but not only a forth-line center as article was predicting. He will grow physically; he also will get more experience; and his father was always a nice example how to play professionally well. We just do not need to loose him because of those destructing articles. He has a rare talent, which we must to keep in our organization.

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I do not know if anyone at the Wild forum had a chance to see our 2nd round #42 overall 2019 pick Vladislav Firstov highlights.

Here,  I found some of his highlights from the USHL 2018-2019 year and who had for the Waterloo Black Hawks in 62 games 58 points(26 goals;32 assists; +/- +11):

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23 hours ago, IllaZilla said:

The Athletic is up to Number 26 (from 31) of their ranking of farm systems...no Wild yet...🤔

 

...up to 24 and no Wild yet...🤔

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...and coming in at #22 is the Minnesota Wild...Top Ten Prospects (23 and under) for the Wild are;

 

Matthew Boldy, LW (18)
Kevin Fiala, LW (23)
Ryan Donato, C (23)
Kirill Kaprizov, LW (22)
Luke Kunin, C (21)
Jordan Greenway, LW (22)
Joel Eriksson Ek, C (22)
Alexander Khovanov, C (19)
Sam Hentges, RW (20)
Mason Shaw, C (20)

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What’s really sad is that five of the top ten prospect are already on the team, and they still missed the Playoffs...

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On 8/16/2019 at 9:17 PM, IllaZilla said:

What’s really sad is that five of the top ten prospect are already on the team, and they still missed the Playoffs...

It seems those 5 players (Fiala, Donato, Greenway, Ek, Kunin) are still too greenish for the tough Stanley Cup playoffs competition. Hope, they will be able to get a real maturation in a couple of seasons. If not , someone definitely will be replaced to a better one.

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On 8/16/2019 at 8:37 AM, IllaZilla said:

...and coming in at #22 is the Minnesota Wild...Top Ten Prospects (23 and under) for the Wild are;

 

Matthew Boldy, LW (18)
Kevin Fiala, LW (23)
Ryan Donato, C (23)
Kirill Kaprizov, LW (22)
Luke Kunin, C (21)
Jordan Greenway, LW (22)
Joel Eriksson Ek, C (22)
Alexander Khovanov, C (19)
Sam Hentges, RW (20)
Mason Shaw, C (20)

I am not sure why did they put Sam Hentges on that list? According to his stats of the last 3 seasons - nothing is too exciting. I also would like to add a few more promising youngsters to this list - Dewar, Firstov, Lodnia, Sokolov, Giroux, Guskov, Sturm, Nesterenko. I am sure, that out of those 12 players not involved yet to the big club , we will be able to find at least 3 players(our possible hidden treasure), capable to make a huge difference to our Wild team and able to produce consistently 30 and more goals per season. Just I do not believe that we are so poor on a real talent. Good exciting news came not long time ago from our Jason Zucker - he is having a goal on 30 and more goals production every season for the Wild team. Definitely he has that chance and potential, if will not be injured (physically and psychologically).

Interesting news I found out recently, that Traverse City Tournament is approaching to us in about 3 weeks. For the first time Toronto team will participate there by replacing usually a strong Carolina team. Here is an article from Detroit about it.

 

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IMO, if most our mentioned above players will be involved there, then we will get a chance to win that tournament for the first time in our history. No Wild roster yet published for the tournament. Hopefully soon. So far intriguing roster as well as intriguing tournament for the talent exposure. And preparation for it should be done more seriously and better. Hope, Tim Army with his Wild team will get the Cup of that extremely tough and short tournament.

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I forgot to mention one more forward prospect who is merit our special attention also – Adam Beckman(2001). Hope to see him in the Wild uniform at the Traverse City Tournament too.

 

Regarding our 5 prospects goalies, having more interest to see there Lindberg, Kahkonen and Robson. More skeptical about Baribeau and Jones performance because their overall stats are not too promising.

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