This was supposed to be the year that the Minnesota Wild took the next step after making two major free agent signings. That hasn’t happened as the team’s leading point scorer is Mikko Koivu right now and not Zach Parise. Koivu has 12 points with three goals and nine assists for Minnesota as the team struggles with an 8-6-2 record. Koivu isn’t going to do this forever and with the team not having a single player averaging a point a game this season, the Wild could be in some big time trouble.
Koivu is in his eighth season for the Wild and with the extra offensive firepower on the team this season, there have to be more goals scored by Koivu along with other players like Parise. This was going to be the season where the Wild contended for a Stanley Cup and they are far from doing that right now. Koivu is only on pace to score 36 points this year and that’s not going to cut it.
There is a leadership role that Koivu should be taking on being one of the longest-tenured members of the Wild but unless he starts scoring more and making the team better, this is going to be a lost season for the Wild. Minnesota has fans that are about as passionate as anyone in the league but when the team doesn’t win, the fans will get very restless and they have to be getting restless right now. This season is going to depend a lot on what Koivu can do the rest of the year.