Sheppard leads prospect flock
Little-used center could flourish in new role, system
Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, moving deeper into the Northwest Division on Wednesday with the Wild.
Summer Skate -- Minnesota Wild
Under new head coach Todd Richards, the Wild are promising a more up-tempo style than the stifling defensive play that has been their hallmark for nine seasons under Jacques Lemaire. With the addition of Martin Havlat, the Wild's guns will now be able to show their mettle. However, they will have to continue the solid defensive play that has been their trademark and continue to receive elite goaltending from Niklas Backstrom in order to return to the playoffs.
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