Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Changes to Wild power play
By Victoria Matiash
While the Minnesota Wild try to revitalize their power play, rookie Mikael Granlund is likely to get some top minutes with the man-advantage.
As discussed by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, head coach Mike Yeo bumped Granlund up to the No.1 assembly (with forward Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu) during Monday's practice, and dropped Dany Heatley down to the second (with Devin Setoguchi and Matt Cullen). On the point, defensemen Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin, and Tom Gilbert are expected to rotate through the two units.
"We have to try something different," Yeo said. "It's probably time to try some personnel changes."
If these changes don't bring about greater success with the man-advantage, rookies Charlie Coyle or Jason Zucker could take place of a veteran forward.