The Minnesota Wild made a huge splash in the offseason when the team signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to huge contracts. Minnesota hasn’t played like a team that acquired those two players and there is a lot of blame being passed around. While a lot of people are going to pile on Parise, he is actually one of the few players that is doing his job for the Wild right now. Parise has seven goals and 12 points overall in 17 games this season so you can’t blame him for Minnesota’s disappointing start.
There was going to be an adjustment for the team with Parise and Suter coming in and I did think that the team would have some early issues because they didn’t get any time in the preseason to gel together as a unit. I will tell fans when the Wild do start winning on a more consistent basis, Minnesota is going to be a team that will go win the Western Conference in short order.
Parise and Suter are two great players and it is going to take some time for them to feel comfortable around their new teammates. Minnesota isn’t that far out of the playoff race right now being just four points away from actually having home-ice advantage in the first round. That seems odd to say right now but it’s true. If the Wild do make the playoffs after this mediocre start, Minnesota could be the sleeper team in this season’s playoffs. There is still a long way to go this year but the Wild are a team to keep an eye on.