I don't think the poor result has anything to do with the coaching.
I think it is just the quality of the players put on the ice. The Wild's highest drafted defenseman was Fedor Gordeev, a 2017 fifth rounder. Five of the eight defensemen were invitees. Same with the forwards. The highest drafted forwards were in the third round. Six of the fifteen forwards were invitees.
To me, the important thing with this tournament is what did these guys do with the ice time they were
Based on the Wild having one of the poorer farm systems/prospect pools in the league, I’m not holding out much hope for a trophy.
To me, it’s more important for these guys getting the ice time and what they do with it.
Just reading the Athletics description of the Wild prospect pipeline looks like a recipe for a hot dish at a local church potluck. A bunch of bland ingredients that have produced bland results. Uff da.
I'm not so much looking for another coach, but thinking that we need to find that blue-collar underdog attitude again. The same things that you mentioned in the post. Is there grit, perseverance, pride, courage, even if these little things don't show on the score sheet. It seems like there won't be any Jack Hughes's or Kakko's in the Wild in the near future, so we need to find those players who are maybe not superbly skilled, yet still comfortable with what they are, and proud enough to keep thr
Just found out that we did not have such a poor results in that tournament (zero wins) since 2013 despite we always had invitees in our team.
Agree with both of you IllaZilla and Lynxrattle. I watched everything what you said from the mentioned above players, except was not enough goals into the opposite net. Only 2 players, as I predicted to see one goal during the tournament out of them, performed that task (Sturm and Guskov), and 2 players (Dewar and Lodnia) performed that task
What I got out of watching the prospects is the Wild's inability to players that have a lot of speed and or skill. We have lots of guys who are average to below average skaters. IMO, that is really detrimental in today's game which is more and more about speed.
Beckman is a perfect example of this. Yes, he has skill, decent offensive instincts...but he's an average skater at best. And thus...his impact is limited by his mobility.
The other obvious deficiency acros