Minnesota Wild

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Minnesota Wild
founding June 25, 1997
history Minnesota Wild
since 2000
Stadion Xcel Energy Center
Location Saint Paul , Minnesota
Team colors Forest green, red, gold, wheat yellow, white
league National Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
division Central Division
Head coach CanadaCanada Dean Evason (interim)
Team captain FinlandFinland Mikko Koivu
General manager United StatesUnited States Bill Guerin
owner Minnesota Sports & Entertainment
Cooperations Iowa Wild ( AHL )
Allen Americans ( ECHL )
Stanley Cups no
Conference title no
Division title 2007/08

The Minnesota Wild ( IPA : [mɪnɨˈsoʊtə waɪld] ) are an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Saint Paul , Minnesota . It was founded on June 25, 1997 and started playing at the beginning of the 2000/01 season . The team colors are forest green, red, gold, wheat yellow and white.

The Wild play their home games at the Xcel Energy Center and are one of the youngest of the 31 NHL teams. After an NHL franchise with the Minnesota North Stars was located in the city from 1967 to 1993 , the league returned to the city in 2000 after a seven-year abstinence. The team has not yet won the prestigious Stanley Cup . Minnesota is currently one of four franchises that has never been in the final series.


Establishment of the new franchise (1997 to 2000)

In June 1997, the National Hockey League announced that a new franchise would be set up in Minnesota , which was to play in the NHL at the beginning of the 2000/01 season . Six months later in January 1998 it was announced that the team would be called Minnesota Wild and be based in Saint Paul . The Minnesota North Stars had previously been based in the neighboring city of Minneapolis , but had left the state for Dallas in 1993 .

In the following two years the financial and sporting management were built up. On May 1, 2000, the team was officially accepted into the NHL. Four days later, it signed the first player, Steve Aronson . Jacques Lemaire was appointed head coach and the Cleveland Lumberjacks from the International Hockey League became the Wild's farm team . In addition, with Manny Fernandez , nephew of coach Lemaire, and Jamie McLennan, two experienced goalkeepers were signed. The majority of the squad filled the team by players it had selected in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft , and the next day it signed the European talent Marián Gáborík in third overall position in the first round in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft .

The Wild in the away game against the Calgary Flames

Entry into the NHL (2000 to 2002)

On October 6, 2000, the game started their first season. In the first game they were defeated by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1: 3. Gaborik scored the only goal for the expansion team . A special game was the encounter between the Wild and the Dallas Stars in St. Paul. The Dallas Stars played under the name Minnesota North Stars until 1993 and were the successor to the team that had left the state. The Wild were able to celebrate a 6-0 victory in the game. The season ended the game on the penultimate place in the Western Conference with 25 wins in 82 games.

In the 2001 NHL Entry Draft , they selected Mikko Koivu , the younger brother of Montreal's Saku Koivu , in the first round in June . With Dwayne Roloson a new goalkeeper was signed, who should form the goalkeeper team with Manny Fernandez from now on. In the 2001/02 season , the game started very well and gave only one point in the first seven games off, but the fledgling team could not keep this level and ended on the third from bottom of the Conference. Marián Gáborík scored a total of 30 times in the season, indicating that his choice in the draft was the right one.

The Wild alternative logo

First successes and establishment in the Western Conference (2002 to 2009)

The 2002/03 season was to be the first highlight in the team's history. Gáborík repeated his 30 goals from the previous year and was invited as the first wild player to the NHL All-Star Game . In addition, the team was sixth in the Western Conference at the end of the regular season and was thus qualified for the playoffs for the first time . In the first round they met the favorite Colorado Avalanche . After four games, Colorado led the series with 3–1 wins and only had to create one win in their own stadium. But Minnesota fought its way back and won the next three games and thus the series with 4-3. In the second round they played against the Vancouver Canucks , which they narrowly defeated in seven games and thus reached the conference final for the first time. Against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim they were already defeated in four games. The Minnesota Wild only managed one goal against the Ducks, in which Jean-Sébastien Giguère was the best player of the series. Jacques Lemaire was honored with the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach after the season .

At the beginning of the 2003/04 season , Gáborík refused to sign a new contract because he was not satisfied with the conditions. After the game got off to a bad start, the management finally got Gáborík to sign the contract. But the game could not build on the successes of the previous year. In the end, the team was in tenth place in the conference and had therefore missed the playoffs. The NHL All-Star Game took place for the first time in February 2004 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and with goalkeeper Dwayne Roloson and defender Filip Kuba two Wild players were in the squad of the Western Conference team.

Interior view of the Xcel Energy Center

Before the 2004/05 season , players, teams and the league negotiated a new Collective Bargaining Agreement , but no quick agreement could be reached. The lockout began in September 2004 , the players were locked out of their teams and most of them went to Europe to play the season there. In February 2005 the season was finally canceled. A new agreement between the three parties was only reached in July 2005.

The 2005/06 season started as planned. Minnesota continued to have a young roster, but was not improving much. At the end of the season, the eleventh place in the conference was occupied and the qualification for the final round missed. Marián Gáborík had the second best record of the team with 38 goals and a total of 66 scorer points, although he had only played 65 games. During the season, goalkeeper Roloson was transferred to the Edmonton Oilers and the Wild received a first-round draft pick, choosing Trevor Lewis , whom the franchise transferred to the Los Angeles Kings during the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, and the experienced striker Pavol in exchange Demitra received. Further signings were made with the NHL experienced Kim Johnsson , Mark Parrish and Keith Carney , all of whom advanced to the top performers of the team.

The Wild got off to a good start into the 2006/07 season . In the meantime, they led in their division and were even in first place in the entire NHL. With a total of 104 points in the regular season, the Wild finished second in the Northwest Division and thus set a new point record for the franchise. The team also had a strong goalkeeper, Niklas Bäckström , who had the best catch quota and was awarded the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award . Together with his then teammate Manny Fernandez, he also received the William M. Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals conceded. In the first playoff round, the Wild lost in five games against the eventual Stanley Cup winner Anaheim Ducks . The team only won the fourth encounter 4-1.

In the following season, Marián Gáborík set new franchise records when he scored a total of 83 points in 77 games with 42 goals and 41 assists, surpassing the previous record of Brian Rolston , who had 79 points in the 2005/06 season reached. Only a few well-known players such as Éric Bélanger , Sean Hill and Todd Fedoruk were signed, of which only Bélanger proved to be a long-term reinforcement. The team earned a total of 98 points in the 2007/08 season and won the Northwest Division for the first time in history by three points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche . The first round of the play-offs against the Avalanche started evenly and three encounters ended in overtime before Colorado won the series after six games. As a result, the Minnesota Wild failed again in the first round.

For the 2008/09 season , the Wild signed several experienced players with Marc-André Bergeron , Andrew Brunette , Owen Nolan and Marek Židlický , who all became important pillars of the team. Nevertheless, a step backwards followed, with 89 points the team failed to qualify for the final round. The previous head coach Jacques Lemaire resigned after nine years and the contract of manager Doug Risebrough was not renewed.

New beginning after the Lemaire Risebrough era (since 2009)

The American Todd Richards and the Canadian Chuck Fletcher were appointed as successors in the vacant positions . Richards, who had worked as an assistant at the league primus San Jose Sharks in the preseason , took over as the second head coach of the game behind the gang. Fletcher held the post of general manager.

In the 2009/10 season , the Wild once again caused a sensation, especially outside the game, when Cam Barker , Shane Hnidy , Martin Havlát and Petr Sýkora once again presented major newcomers. But the 2009/10 season was not crowned with success either; the play-offs took place for the second time in a row without Minnesota.

In November 2011, the Wild hired 51-year-old Paul Deutsch as a back-up goalkeeper via a try-out contract, as regular goalkeeper Niklas Bäckström was not available and the team needed a replacement for Josh Harding if Matt , who was called up from the farm team , was needed Hackett would not appear in the game against the Nashville Predators on November 23, 2011 , as Hackett missed the start of the game due to a flight delay.


The Xcel Energy Center, the current venue

The Wild have played their home games in the Xcel Energy Center , a multifunctional arena with a capacity of 18,064, since 2000 . The best attendance came when the Wild hosted the NHL All-Star Games . A record number of visitors was set here with 19,434. The hall is owned by the City of Saint Paul . In 1999, the utility company Xcel Energy bought the naming rights to the arena, which are valid until 2024. The company pays 75 million US dollars for the entire 25-year period.

When the Minnesota North Stars played in the area until 1994 , the Met Center was their home. Before the demolition, the hall's display board was stored. This was later reinstalled in the Xcel Energy Center, making it one of the few things that should remind the Wild of the North Stars.

Farm teams

season Farm team league
2000/01 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL
2000/01 Jackson Bandits ECHL
2001/02–2004/05 Louisiana IceGators ECHL
2001 / 02–2012 / 13 Houston Eros AHL
2005 / 06–2008 / 09 Texas Wildcatters ECHL
2006/07/2007/08 Austin Ice Bats CHL
2009/10 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL
2010 / 11–2011 / 12 Bakersfield Condors ECHL
2012/13 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL
2013 / 14–2016 / 17 Quad City Mallards ECHL
since 2013/14 Iowa Wild AHL
2014/15 Alaska Aces ECHL
2017/18 Rapid City Rush ECHL
since 2018/19 All Americans ECHL

Like all NHL teams, Minnesota Wild has several farm teams in sub-leagues . The Wild have owned the most important and best talent factory since the beginning of the 2013/14 season in Des Moines in the US state of Iowa , where the Iowa Wild play in the American Hockey League . The American Hockey League is declared as a minor league of class AAA and thus the highest possible level below the NHL. In addition to the AHL club, the Wild have been working with the Allen Americans since the beginning of the 2018/19 season .


Since January 10, 2008 it was announced that the Minnesota Wild to Craig Leipold, who owned the Nashville Predators until the end of 2007 , should be sold. The franchise is currently owned by Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, a group led by Bob Naegele Jr. of Naegele Sports, LLC. In addition to the NHL team, the group also operates the Minnesota Swarm's lacrosse team and the Xcel Energy Center , the Saint Paul RiverCentre and the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

Division Championships season
Northwest Division 2007/08

The Minnesota Wild celebrated their only success so far by winning the Northwest Division title at the end of the NHL 2007/08 .

Furthermore, the Wild were able to advance to the final of the Western Conference in the 2002/03 season , when the first qualification for the playoffs succeeded in the third year . They narrowly missed winning the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl and the associated entry into the final series of the Stanley Cup . On the way there, the Wild had eliminated the Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks in seven games each in the first two rounds , although they had been behind with 1: 3 in both series in the meantime. No team in NHL history had achieved this before. In the final of the Western Conference, the team finally failed significantly to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim , whose goalkeeper Jean-Sébastien Giguère could only be defeated once in the four games.

NHL Awards and All-Star Team Nominations

Since the founding of the franchise , four players and a coach of the Minnesota Wild managed to win one of the individual NHL awards . So far, one player each has been elected to the all-rookie team and one of the all-star teams .

After reaching the playoffs in the 2002/03 season , in which the team surprisingly made it into the conference finals, Jacques Lemaire was honored with the Jack Adams Award as the best coach in the NHL , making him the first person to work in the franchise had received an individual award. In 2003-04 , goalkeeper Dwayne Roloson became the first player to receive an NHL award after earning the best capture rate in the league. Three seasons later, the duo Niklas Bäckström and Manny Fernandez also won the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award . Bäckström also received the award for the best catch quota of all goalkeepers.

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

Marián Gáborík was the first game player in 2003 in the NHL All-Star Game and also scored a goal. A year earlier he had already taken part in the YoungStars Game. Minnesota hosted the 54th National Hockey League All-Star Game in 2004 and provided two players for the first time. Particularly successful was Brian Rolston , who in 2007 scored two goals and two assists recorded. In 2008 Gáborík came to his second use in the All-Star Game and scored again. Three years later, in addition to defender Brent Burns , the Czech Martin Havlát was nominated, both of whom played for the Lidström team. Havlát was successful in this game with three assists.

Season statistics

Abbreviations: GP = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after overtime or shootout , Pts = points, GF = goals scored, GA = goals conceded

season GP W. L. T OTL Pts GF GA space Playoffs
2000/01 82 25th 39 13 5 68 168 210 5th, Northwest Division not qualified
2001/02 82 26th 35 12 9 73 195 238 5th, Northwest Division not qualified
2002/03 82 42 29 10 1 95 198 178 3rd, Northwest Division Victory in Conference quarter-finals, 4-3 ( Colorado )
victory in Conference semi-finals, 4-3 ( Vancouver )
defeat in Conference final, 0-4 ( Anaheim )
2003/04 82 30th 29 20th 3 83 188 183 5th, Northwest Division not qualified
2004/05 1 - - - - - - - - - -
2005/06 82 38 36 - 8th 84 231 215 5th, Northwest Division not qualified
2006/07 82 48 26th - 8th 104 235 191 2nd, Northwest Division Conference quarterfinals defeat, 4-1 ( Anaheim )
2007/08 82 44 28 - 10 98 223 218 1st, Northwest Division Conference quarter-finals lost, 2-4 ( Colorado )
2008/09 82 40 33 - 9 89 219 200 3rd, Northwest Division not qualified
2009/10 82 38 36 - 8th 84 219 246 4th, Northwest Division not qualified
2010/11 82 39 35 - 8th 86 206 233 3rd, Northwest Division not qualified
2011/12 82 35 36 - 11 81 177 226 3rd, Northwest Division not qualified
2012/13 2 48 26th 19th - 3 55 122 127 2nd, Northwest Division Conference quarterfinals lost, 4-1 ( Chicago )
2013/14 82 43 27 - 12 98 207 206 4th, Central Division Conference quarter-finals win, 4: 3 ( Colorado )
Conference semi-finals loss, 4: 4 ( Chicago )
2014/15 82 46 28 - 8th 100 231 201 4th, Central Division Conference quarterfinals win, 4-2 ( St. Louis )
Conference semi-finals defeat, 4-0 ( Chicago )
2015/16 82 38 33 - 11 87 213 204 5th, Central Division Conference quarter-finals lost, 2-4 ( Dallas )
2016/17 82 49 25th - 8th 106 263 206 2nd, Central Division Conference quarterfinals lost, 4-1 ( St. Louis )
2017/18 82 45 26th - 11 101 250 229 3rd, Central Division Conference quarter-finals lost, 4-1 ( Winnipeg )
2018/19 82 37 36 - 9 83 210 233 7th, Central Division not qualified
2019/20 3 69 35 27 - 7th 77 218 217 6th, Central Division Qualifying round loss, 3-1 ( Vancouver )
total 1511 724 583 55 149 1652 3742 3935 10 playoff appearances
14 series: 4 wins, 10 losses
77 games: 27 wins, 50 losses
1 season because of the NHL lockout 2004/05 failed
2 season shortened due to the 2012/13 NHL lockout
3 season shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.


Surname number
Most games Mikko Koivu * 1028 (in 15 seasons)
Most consecutive games Charlie Coyle 316 (November 1, 2013 to October 12, 2018)
Most goals Marián Gáborík 219
Most templates Mikko Koivu * 504
Most of the points Mikko Koivu * 709 (205 goals + 504 assists)
Most penalty minutes Matt Johnson 698
Most shutouts Niklas Bäckström 28

* active player of the wild; Status after the end of the 2019/20 season


Surname number season
Most goals Marián Gáborík
Eric Staal
42 2007/08
Most templates Pierre-Marc Bouchard 50 2007/08
Most of the points Marián Gáborík 83 (42 goals + 41 assists) 2007/08
Most points as a rookie Marián Gáborík 36 (18 goals + 18 assists) 2000/01
Most points as a defender Ryan Suter 51 (8 goals + 43 assists)
51 (6 goals + 45 assists)
Most penalty minutes Matt Johnson 201 2002/03
Most wins as a goalkeeper Devan Dubnyk 40 2016/17


Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Jacques Lemaire 2000/01–2008/09 656 293 255 55 53 694 .529 23 9 14th
Todd Richards 2009 / 10–2010 / 11 164 77 71 - 16 170 .518 - - -
Mike Yeo 2011 / 12–2015 / 16 * 349 173 132 - 44 390 .559 28 11 17th
John Torchetti 2015/16 27 15th 11 - 1 31 .574 6th 2 4th
Bruce Boudreau 2016 / 17–2019 / 20 * 303 158 110 - 35 351 .579 10 2 8th
Dean Evason since 2019/20 * 12 8th 3 - 0 16 .667 4th 1 3

For almost the entire decade since the inaugural 2000/01 season , the Canadian Jacques Lemaire worked in the franchise. During his tenure, he led the Wild three times in eight seasons in the playoffs and, with the exception of the first two years of play, ended the season with a positive balance. At the end of the 2002/03 season , Lemaire received the Jack Adams Award as the best coach of the entire season after reaching the final of the Western Conference and improving the points record in the regular season by 22 points . After the team just missed the playoffs in the 2008/09 season , Lemaire decided to resign. As the second head coach in franchise history, the Minnesota Wild signed former ice hockey player Todd Richards . He stayed in office for two seasons before he was dismissed in April 2011 due to the stagnation in sport. About two months later, Mike Yeo , who had previously been the head coach of the Houston Eros - the farm team of the Minnesota Wild - was hired as his successor.

Yeo led the Wild to the playoffs three times in a row from 2013 to 2015 before being fired in February 2016 and replaced by interim coach John Torchetti . At that point, Yeo left the franchise with the highest average points percentage of 55.9%. Under Torchetti, the team reached the playoffs, but failed there in the first round. After the end of the season, Bruce Boudreau was introduced as the new head coach, just recently sacked by the Anaheim Ducks . Even under Boudreau, the Wild failed twice in a row in the first playoff round, before the post-season in the 2018/19 season was completely missed for the first time in six years. After continued mixed performance, the team separated from him in February 2020, while his previous assistant Dean Evason succeeded him on an interim basis.

General manager

Surname season
Doug Risebrough 2000/01–2008/09
Chuck Fletcher 2009 / 10–2017 / 18
Paul Fenton 2018/19
Bill Guerin since 2019/20

Similar to the coaching position, the position of general manager was occupied for nine seasons with the Canadian Doug Risebrough since the inaugural 2000/01 season . Shortly after the end of the 2008/09 season , the club management decided not to extend his expiring contract. As a result, Chuck Fletcher , the son of Cliff Fletcher , was appointed the new General Manager on May 21, 2009 . Fletcher led the team for eight years, in which the Wild reached the playoffs six times, but regularly failed there early. After the 2017/18 season, his expiring contract was not extended. He was succeeded by Paul Fenton , who was released immediately after his first season and was replaced by Bill Guerin .


Squad for the 2019/20 season

Status: end of the 2019/20 season

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
40 CanadaCanada Devan Dubnyk G 0May 4th 1986 2015 Regina , Saskatchewan , Canada
32 United StatesUnited States Alex Stalock G July 28, 1987 2016 South St. Paul , Minnesota , USA
25th SwedenSweden Jonas Brodin D. July 12, 1993 2011 Karlstad , Sweden
24 CanadaCanada Matt Dumba D. July 25, 1994 2012 Regina , Saskatchewan , Canada
77 CanadaCanada Brad Hunt D. August 24, 1988 2019 Maple Ridge , British Columbia , Canada
29 United StatesUnited States Greg Pateryn D. June 20, 1990 2018 Sterling Heights , Michigan , USA
21st CanadaCanada Carson Soucy D. July 24, 1994 2017 Viking , Alberta , Canada
46 CanadaCanada Jared Spurgeon D. November 29, 1989 2010 Edmonton , Alberta , Canada
20th United StatesUnited States Ryan SuterA D. January 21, 1985 2012 Madison , Wisconsin , USA
6th United StatesUnited States Ryan Donato C. 0April 9, 1996 2019 Boston , Massachusetts , USA
14th SwedenSweden Joel Eriksson Ek C. January 29, 1997 2015 Karlstad , Sweden
22nd SwitzerlandSwitzerland Kevin Fiala LW July 22, 1996 2019 St. Gallen , Switzerland
17th Flags of Canada and the United States.svg Marcus Foligno LW August 10, 1991 2017 Buffalo , New York , USA
27 United StatesUnited States Alex Galchenyuk C. February 12, 1994 2020 Milwaukee , Wisconsin , USA
18th United StatesUnited States Jordan Greenway LW February 16, 1997 2018 Canton , New York , USA
38 United StatesUnited States Ryan Hartman RW September 20, 1994 2019 Hilton Head Island , South Carolina , USA
9 FinlandFinland Mikko KoivuC. C. March 12, 1983 2005 Turku , Finland
19th United StatesUnited States Luke Kunin C. 04th December 1997 2017 Chesterfield , Missouri , USA
11 United StatesUnited States Zach PariseA LW July 28, 1984 2012 Minneapolis , Minnesota , USA
49 SwedenSweden Victor Rask C. 0March 1, 1993 2019 Leksand , Sweden
12 CanadaCanada Eric Staal C. October 29, 1984 2016 Thunder Bay , Ontario , Canada
36 NorwayNorway Mats Zuccarello RW 0September 1, 1987 2019 Oslo , Norway

Team captains

The assignment of captaincy was subject to a monthly rotation system in the Minnesota Wild franchise from the start of game operations in the 2000/01 season to the end of the 2008/09 season . A permanent captain was appointed for the first time at the beginning of the 2009/10 season .

season month Playoffs
October November December January February March April
2000/01 Sean O'Donnell Scott Pellerin Wes Walz Brad Bombardir Darby Hendrickson -
2001/02 Jim Dowd Filip Cuba Brad Brown Andrew Brunette -
2002/03 Brad Bombardir Matt Johnson Sergejs Žoltoks Brad Bombardir
2003/04 Brad Brown Andrew Brunette Richard Park Brad Bombardir Jim Dowd Andrew Brunette -
2004/05 no captain during lockout
2005/06 Alex Henry Filip Cuba Willie Mitchell Brian Rolston Wes Walz -
2006/07 Brian Rolston Keith Carney Brian Rolston Mark Parrish
2007/08 Pavol Demitra Brian Rolston Mark Parrish Nick Schultz Mikko Koivu Marián Gáborík
2008/09 Mikko Koivu Kim Johnsson Mikko Koivu Andrew Brunette Mikko Koivu -
since 2009/10 Mikko Koivu

With four appointments to captain Brad Bombardir between January 2001 and January 2004, Brian Rolston between February 2006 and November 2007 and Mikko Koivu between February 2008 and April 2009 received the most of all players. Overall, Bombardir held the office with eight months in the regular season and in the 2003 playoffs the longest.

At the beginning of the 2009/10 season, the Wild appointed Mikko Koivu for the first time in their franchise history as a permanent bearer of the "C" for the entire season.

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

As the only person from the Minnesota Wild franchise so far, head coach Jacques Lemaire has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto . This already happened in 1985, about twelve years before the franchise was founded.

Surname Recording date position
Jacques Lemaire 1985 Trainer

Blocked jersey numbers

The number 1 is the only jersey number that has not been awarded since the franchise's home game premiere on October 12, 2000, as it is dedicated to the team's fans. In addition, the famous 99 of the Canadian Wayne Gretzky has been banned throughout the league since February 6, 2000 and is therefore no longer awarded to a player.

No. Surname Blocking date
1 Minnesota Wild fans October 12, 2000
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

First-round voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

Since 2000, the Wild had 19 draft rights in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft , eight of them among the top ten of the respective year.

Marián Gáborík was the first draft pick in franchise history

Once, in the 2011 Entry Draft , the team from the US state of Minnesota was able to select two players in the first round. So far, the Wild had at least one vote in the first round of the respective entry draft in each year.

In 2000, the Wild chose Marián Gáborík as their first draft pick, which immediately established itself in the NHL squad and developed into the most dangerous goal-scoring player in franchise history. Gáborík was selected as third overall and has been the earliest draft pick in game history since then. Ľubomír Sekeráš (2000, 232.) and Derek Boogaard (2001, 202.) were selected in a draft position over 200 and made the jump into the roster of the Wild.

Of the 14 players who have selected the Wild in the first round since 2000, nine players have so far played in the NHL.

Franchise top point collector

The ten best points collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2018/19 regular season and the 2019 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Mikko Koivu C. since 2005/06 1028 205 504 709 0.69
Marián Gáborík RW 2000/01–2008/09 502 219 218 437 0.87
Zach Parise LW since 2012/13 513 192 190 382 0.74
Ryan Suter D. since 2012/13 600 52 298 350 0.58
Pierre-Marc Bouchard C. 2002 / 03–2012 / 13 565 106 241 347 0.61
Andrew Brunette LW 2001/02–2003/04 489 119 202 321 0.66
2008 / 09–2010 / 11
Mikael Granlund C. 2012 / 13–2018 / 19 461 93 224 317 0.69
Jared Spurgeon D. since 2010/11 653 82 198 280 0.43
Jason Sugar LW 2011 / 12–2019 / 20 456 132 111 243 0.53
Charlie Coyle C. 2012 / 13–2018 / 19 479 91 151 242 0.51


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Zach Parise LW 40 14th 20th 34 0.85
Mikko Koivu C. 59 11 17th 28 0.47
Jason Pominville RW 36 9 14th 23 0.64
Marián Gáborík RW 29 12 10 22nd 0.76
Mikael Granlund C. 39 8th 13 21st 0.54
Jared Spurgeon D. 48 8th 13 21st 0.44
Nino Niederreiter RW 39 8th 10 18th 0.46
Ryan Suter D. 42 2 15th 17th 0.40
Charlie Coyle C. 44 7th 8th 15th 0.34
Wes Walz C. 23 7th 7th 14th 0.61

Web links

Commons : Minnesota Wild  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Wild's 51-year-old goalie, Paul Deutsch, survives warmups; scratched. In: startribune.com. November 23, 2011, accessed March 13, 2018 .
  2. andrewsstarpage.com, NHL Arena Naming Rights ( Memento of November 7, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  3. hockeydb.com, Minnesota Wild Draft History