Minnesota Wild: Dany Heatley Now Healthy, Looking To Rebound

By Brad Berreman

Dany Heatley was a notable acquisition by the Minnesota Wild last offseason, acquired in a draft night trade with the San Jose Sharks. He played in all 82 games during the 2011-2012 season, but he set a career-lows across the board in a season in which he played more than 40 games with 24 goals, 29 assists and 53 total points. Despite those low totals, Heatley still led the team in goals, points and shots on goal with 238.

Part of Heatley’s drop in production can be blamed on a knee injury that required surgery after the season, so a return to health automatically should create hope for a rebound in 2012-2013. The injury-riddled season of center Mikko Koivu also certainly played a role, and any additions the Wild make in free agency to add offense should help Heatley reach his previous level depending on how head coach Mike Yeo chooses his line combinations. Heatley has proven to be a good goal scorer with 349 career goals in 10 NHL seasons, scoring 50 twice and 39 or more a total of six times, though he has scored a total of just 50 goals over the past two seasons.

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