Commentary

Martin Havlat needs a friend

A center who can score alongside the Wild's LW should be a priority

Originally Published: June 18, 2010
By Robert Vollman and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Getty ImagesThis photo could use a high-scoring center in it when it's taken before next season.

Plugging Holes -- Minnesota Wild

The Hole: a high-scoring center

The Minnesota Wild struggled at both ends of the ice last season -- but most egregiously, they finished 22nd in the league in goals per game, 23rd on the power play and dead last in shots per game. Most disappointing of all was how Martin Havlat fell flat, with his even-strength scoring dropping from 3.3 to 2.1 points per 60 minutes.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.