The Wild's playoff streak just ended at six years. Consider it a blessing for a team that was mired in mediocrity and couldn’t escape the second round over that span. They need to find some promising prospects to boost their fading farm system. At 12th overall, they have their highest draft slot since picking Mathew Dumba seventh in 2012.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: Oddly enough, a Bruce Boudreau-coached team ranked near the bottom of the league in offense in 2018-19. Key scorers Eric Staal and Jason Zucker regressed and, for the third time in four seasons, the Wild didn’t have a 30-goal scorer.
LONG-TERM NEEDS: Shipping out Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund for Ryan Donato and Kevin Fiala secured younger forwards with upside and more years of team control left on their deals, so that was a start f...
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