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Minny's new look behind... Written by Matsson - July 14th, 2010

No, not that behind you cheeky bum lookers... The Wild have been quite active this off season. In what many thought would be a real draft year for the Wild, management went about things as per normal trying to find something to work around.

Well look no further then Jay Bouwmeester. After posting a CMHL career best 18 goals, and 47 points, he was the main part of the deal that moved the possible drafting of Either Hall, or Seguin. That in itself, had man people scratching their heads. If you look at the numbers, adding another 47 points from the back end (and 12 PPG's) is exactly what the team who had the 2nd lowest GF in the league (179) last season.

Bouwmeester has developed other aspects of his game that made him a must in any team that believes that you build from the back out. Bouwmeester was more disaplined this past year taking half as much penalties as the season before. With all that going for him Jay didn't miss a step in developing his offencive game, taking a career high in shots (216) which is 49 more then the past season.

GM Matsson took some time in thinking it over, and in the end felt that even the top 2 player will not help the team as much in his rookie year. So looking to add to a quality player, prospect Ian Schultz, and Blake Wheeler were also dealt in the same blockbuster with Florida. Coming back was the 5th overall (still a good pick), Jay Bouw, and prospect T.J. Galiardi, who had a good season in the NHL, before coming to the CMHL.The Wild expect big things from him, and so should our fans.

When it came time to loyalty signings, the Wild wasted no time in offering last season's team leader in points (Jovo) a chance to come back and help make a difference. They also offerd rugged, hard hitting Ruslan Salei who had (330 total hits) 166 more hits then the next closest hitter on the team. Salei also had 7 PPG, which was good for 2nd on the team behind fellow dman Jeff Woywitka.

A fesh faced Sean O'Donnell, will help to continue to keep things going in the right direction. O'Donnell who was the only player on the Wild to play more then 50 games and still be a plus player (5+), will round out the top 4.

Youngster Mark Fistric, will continue with the 3rd pairing duties, and expectations are high on him to continue his 30 pts he reached the last 2 seasons. The reasoning is that the team moved fan favorite Shoanne Morrisonn in favour of Fistric, and to make room for new comer Bryan Rodney.

Morrisonn, as mentioned prior as be traded went with the 5th overall pick for Jose Theodore, in the hopes that either he or Chris Osgood can take the number one job and run with it.

Is it possible to play bad with those six defencemen in front of you? I don't think so, but only time will tell.

To recap, here is the proposed starting defence, and goalies for the Wild for the start of season 7:

Bouwmeester - Jovanovski
O'Donnell - Salei
Fistric - Rodney

1st call up Woywitka


Starting goalie: Jose Theodore
Backup: Chris Osgood


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I really like this deal for you Marc. Nice job!

Written By: habsfan93 (2010-07-16 15:19:50)

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