Photo: After recovering from injury, Minnesota Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson now faces the challenge of a long professional season (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
This offseason the Minnesota Wild faced the problems of a contending team. Veteran players are key to winning in the NHL but their salaries can make for tough salary-cap decisions elsewhere in the roster. Veterans also tend to decline in performance at some point. To offset any drop in performance, the team relies on young and relatively inexpensive talent whose growing pains can sometimes be costly. Could this be the season that the young guys and the older guys hit the perfect balance and propel the team to the Finals? It presents a tough situation for the player who has yet to establish himself.
Photo: Minnesota Wild defensive prospect Mike Reilly posted six goals and 42 points in 39 games in his final season at the University of Minnesota (courtesy of Ken Andersen/NHLPA via Getty Images)
While deciding to stay close to home, Mike Reilly took a detour to the other side of the globe.
Reilly and his brothers, Connor and Ryan, traveled to China for three weeks as part of a study abroad program through the University of Minnesota. Read more»
Photo: Severstal Cherepovets forward and New York Rangers prospect Pavel Buchnevich produced 13 goals and 30 points in 48 KHL games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
The eighth KHL season has begun as this year, the league’s first game – the Opening Cup game between SKA St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow – took place on August 24th. The reason for the early start is that the 2016 IIHF World Championship will be held in Russia, and therefore the league will need to finish a bit earlier than usual to accommodate the international competition. Read more»
Photo: Top Minnesota Wild prospect Alex Tuch should earn a larger role at the 2016 World Juniors for Team USA (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
July 4th, 2012 changed the Minnesota Wild’s course for the foreseeable future. Twin 13-year contracts for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter switched the Wild into win-now mode: an expensive and risky move that is easier announced than accomplished. Three seasons later, the team has qualified for the post-season in each season and won two playoff series total. Read more»
Photo: Ottawa Senators first round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, forward Colin White, will move on from the U.S. NTDP program to play for Boston College starting in the Fall (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Despite yet another gold medal at the U18 World Championship, this time around in Zug, Switzerland, the U.S. NTDP saw relatively few players taken at the 2015 NHL Draft. To a degree that can be accredited to having a number of key players on the team who will first be eligible for the 2016 draft, including no less than captain Luke Kunin, top scorer Auston Matthews, Matt Tkachuk, Clayton Keller, Chad Krys, and Jamie McAvoy. As many as three of these players are looking like surefire first round picks for next summer’s draft. Read more»