As one of the youngest NHL franchises, the Minnesota Wild has yet to achieve consistent success. The team has made a few deep playoff runs, although with nothing to show for it. Several stars like Marian Gaborik and Kirill Kaprizov have called Minnesota home, since they lead the Wild’s team stats.
Minnesota has only recently begun gaining respect in the NHL community. Sportsbooks were slow to adjust, since bettors could typically find Minnesota as an underdog on the NHL odds. This has led to many lucrative betting opportunities for the Wild such as in 2003, when they made a surprise Conference Finals appearance.
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All-Time Minnesota Wild Records
- Kirill Kaprizov – Goals: 47 (2021-22).
- Mikko Koivu – Games: 1028.
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Minnesota Wild Stats & History
After the Minnesota North Stars’ departure, the NHL promised to give the state a new NHL team. The state nearly acquired the relocating Winnipeg Jets. In 1997, the NHL awarded Minnesota an expansion franchise that began playing in the 2000-01 season.
Canadiens’ great Jacques Lemaire became the club’s first coach. Along with their first star, Gaborik, Minnesota found success surprisingly early. In just their third season, Minnesota qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here, they upset the powerhouse Avalanche and then the Canucks. Though the Wild got swept by the Mighty Ducks, the immediate success set expectations for the team.
The Wild struggled in the subsequent seasons, however. Minnesota made just a pair of playoff appearances from 2003 to 2013. In 2008, Craig Leipold, the former owner of the Predators, purchased the team. In 2009, Chuck Fletcher ascended to general manager. The team would change its makeup in the following seasons.
Minnesota acquired the pair of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter along with several other fading, but still proficient, NHL stars. Parise would lead the Minnesota Wild stats for a few seasons, and the team made consecutive trips to the second round of the playoffs.
While the Wild consistently made playoff appearances, the team has failed to go past the first round. From the 2015-16 season to the 2021-22 season, Minnesota lost in the opening round.
In 2018, Minnesota rebuilt. The team hired Bill Guerin as the general manager in 2019 then Dean Evason as coach in 2020. Most notably, Minnesota got fortunate in the development of Kaprizov. Taken 135th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the winger burst into the scene by winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2021.
Kaprizov would follow that with a record-setting 108-point season. Along with Kaprizov, the development of players like Matthew Dumba and Jared Spurgeon has made Minnesota a rising contender. At some point, the Wild will “get over the hump” but fans may just have to stay patient.