2014-15 record: 46-28-10 (100 points)
4th place in the Central Division, 6th place in the Western Conference
Goals For: 231
Goals Against: 201
Power Play: 15.8% (27)
Penalty Kill: 86.3% (1)
Team Faceoff Pct: 49.9% (15)
Key Offseason Moves
2015 Top Draft Pick: Round 1 – Pick 20 – F Joel Eriksson-Ek
Additions: Mike Reilly
Subtractions: Matt Cooke
- Are the Wild better or worse heading into 2015-16? STATUS QUO
It was a busy summer in Minnesota, but there wasn’t much action with outside free agents. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher had to make sure forwards Mikael Granlund, Nate Prosser, Ryan Carter and Erik Haula, and defenseman Christian Folin got re-signed before looking outside of his organization for help, which he found in collegiate defenseman Mike Reilly.
Because they don’t have much cap space left, the Wild will move forward banking on the team starting the new season as well as they finished last year. They’re still deep on the blue line and developing into a good group of forwards. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter may be a year older, but the team around the two stars now makes the Wild a solid team for the next 3-5 years.
- Will Minnesota be a playoff team this year? Yes
They didn’t get worse and the teams below them in the division – Colorado, Dallas and Winnipeg – likely haven’t done enough to push them out of the postseason picture. They’ll need to stay healthy, but this is a good team.