ST. PAUL, Minn. -- After a four-year absence from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Minnesota Wild finally returned there last season.
Between trips to the postseason, a number of changes took place in Minnesota. One of the most stable franchises in the NHL saw ownership switch hands, a new look in the front office and a pair of coaching changes. That half-decade of building finally culminated in a return to the playoffs.
Now, the goal is to get back there.
General manager Chuck Fletcher started by building through the NHL Draft, a process which has finally started paying dividends. Last season, the first wave of the Wild's highly touted prospects arrived in the Twin Cities, and the continued development of players like Charlie Coyle, Jonas Brodin, Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund will go a long ways towards keeping the team in the playoff hunt this season and beyond.