A Look Back in Time: Minnesota Wild 20th Anniversary Edition

Updated: Oct 20



The Minnesota Wild have had their share of good and bad over the last 20 seasons. The team went the furthest into the playoffs in the 2002-03 season when they went as far as the Western Conference Finals and got ultimately defeated by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. They drafted the longest tenured captain in franchise history, also the longest tenured player in franchise history with Mikko Koivu in 2001.



Ok lets look at the first decade of the team's existence. They went to the playoffs 3 times with 1 ending up in the Conference Finals. The Wild went through 2 coaches (Jacques Lemaire and Todd Richards). The Wild drafted Marian Gaborik was drafted 3rd Overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, also the Wild drafted Koivu 6th Overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Leipold also hired Chuck Fletcher as General Manager in 2009. Mikael Granlund (9th Round, 2010)



Now the 2nd decade of the Wild's existence was somewhat better. The Wild made it to the playoffs 6 times. Key names that were drafted Jonas Brodin (10th Round, 2011), Matt Dumba (7th in 2012), Kirill Kaprizov (5th Round, 2015). Jonas Brodin just resigned with the WIld. Kirill Kaprizov just signed a 2-year entry level contract and Dumba still has three years left on his contract.



Now the Wild have some new hurdles to get over. With new star forward, Kirill Kaprizov coming over from Russia, the Wild might be a cup contender in the next 3-4 years. The team looks like it will be in rebuild mode under Guerin for the next few years and all that has to be done is get a star core and great defenseman.


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