Minnesota Wild Prospects Tearing Through AHL
Mikael Granlund has racked up 3 goals and 7 assists (10 points) in seven games, which puts him in a tie for fourth-place on the scoring leader board. He is also a handsome +6, which may suggest that he has a better two-way game than he is given credit for.
Marco Scandella is tied with Cody Hodgson for the league-lead with 9 assists. While he got a lot of experience playing with the Wild last year, he did not tally that many points. I am certain he cannot maintain this pace, but Scandella has a lot of potential to be a puck-moving blue liner for the Wild, and it is promising to see him so involved in the offense.
Charlie Coyle is tied for seventh among rookie scorers with 5 goals and one assist. Considering the torrid pace he maintained for the St. John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL last year (38 points in 23 games,) Coyle might be donning a Wild sweater sooner than any of us had guessed. If he continues to showcase his offensive abilities, he might secure a spot on the Wild third- or fourth-line within the next year.
The Aeros are currently second in the South Division of the AHL Western conference with a 4-2-1 record. While the signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter made the biggest headlines this offseason, it will be the development of young skaters like Granlund, Coyle, and Scandella that will determine whether Minnesota can become a powerhouse in the NHL for years to come.