Can Heatley Make A Difference In Minnesota? Source: www.canadahockeygold.com

Around The NHL In 30 Days: Going Wild

The writers here at the FanSided Sports Network are now on day nine of our NHL season preview. I’d like you to skate over to each of our sites daily and see what our talented hockey writers have to say about their teams’ upcoming season. Remember, we’re all fans and we have high expectations for our team, and previews are what they are…..previews. It will be interesting to see what the gang here has to say about their respective clubs. Will the Washington Capitals finally challenge for the Cup, what will happen to the Boston Bruins as they try to defend their championship, and can the Vancouver Canucks survive the “heartbreak” of losing in the Finals without tearing up their city….again.

Today we get a peak at the Minnesota Wild as they hope to rebound from a disappointing season last year finishing 12th in the Western Conference.  The preview is written by Jared Crozier who volunteered to write the preview since we don’t have a writer for our Gone Puck Wild site at this moment.  Jared writes for our Ottawa Senators site SenShot, and I appreciate him covering this for us.  If you would like to write for Minnesota, please contact me at [email protected] and we can discuss this great opportunity.

Jared wonders what the addition of Dany Heatley means:

The big question mark and the key to this season for the Wild is Dany Heatley.  He hasn’t topped 40 goals since the 2007-08 season with the Ottawa Senators.  And if Heatley isn’t scoring 40-50 goals, he won’t be the factor that his $7.5 M cap hit would suggest he should be.  He is a player who once was a sure sniper, but his attitude has come into question and he has worn out his welcome in his last two stops.  He is coming off his lowest point totals for a full season since his rookie year in Atlanta (2001-02).

When you look at the list of players that have come and gone for this coming season, I’m not sure if Minnesota can improve or not.  With a new coach Mike Yeo behind that bench as a head coach for the first time, he’ll be faced with the pressure of getting the Wild back into the playoffs.

You can read the rest of Jared’s preview here.

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