Kraken Expansion Draft - Minnesota Wild
I can't believe that it is:
A) Thursday already
B) Not Butter
Without further adieu, let's get into the Minnesota Wild's Protection list, provided by @PhillyS92. Enjoy!
MINNESOTA WILD PROTECTION LIST
Zach Parise (NMC) - LW
Mats Zuccarello (NMC) - LW
Marcus Johansson - C
Kevin Fiala - LW
Jordan Greenway - LW
Joel Eriksson Ek - C
Dmitry Sokolov - C
Jared Spurgeon (NMC) - RD
Ryan Suter (NMC) - LD
Jonas Brodin (NMC) - LD
Wild are obviously a rebuilding team and will need to build around a young core. Guys like Ryan Hartman and Victor Rask will have played the required games by then. NMC really handcuff this rebuild.
Appreciate the list, thanks so much!
As Phil wrote, a plethora of NMC's really tie up a number of players for the Wild. Here are some enticing options left ripe for the taking.
Victor Rask - The 27 year old had some solid offensive seasons with the Hurricanes but has not yet been able to come close to the same numbers with the Wild. Would need to really impress this season to be considered.
Ryan Hartman - Once a fairly well thought of prospect, Hartman, though only 26, is now on his fourth team. Hasn't come close to replicating his 19 goal performance in his first full season.
Matt Dumba - Offensive minded right shot defender that has slipped in production over the past two seasons. Even over a full season, his 6 goal output from last year was a big step back.
Carson Soucy - The 26 year old left shot had a solid first full year in the NHL with 7 goals and 7 assists in 55 games. A solid puck moving option on the third pairing.
Cam Talbot - The 33 year old netminder has had some roller coaster seasons; at times looking like a true high calibre starter while other times struggling mightily. A brilliant performance for Calgary through the playoffs helped earn him his current contract with Minnie.
This one feels like a no brainer. Dumba shoots a ton and despite starting more in his own end that the offensive end, is still a positive force for his team in terms of scoring chances. It may be fair to equate some of his recent struggles with the direction that the Wild have taken in recent years. A change of scenery could help Dumba once again be the 40+ point scorer he has proven he can be.