ST. PAUL -- After a first-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Minnesota Wild wasn't yet ready to reflect on its achievements during the 2016-17 season when it held its end-of-season media availability on Tuesday, April 25.
But there were plenty: In its first season under Bruce Boudreau, the Wild set franchise records in wins and points. Several of its younger players had career years and began to assume leadership roles. Eric Staal, the 32-year-old veteran centerman whom the Wild signed last summer after he netted just six points in 20 games with the New York Rangers in 2016, had his best offensive season in five years.
As Minnesota transitions into what is sure to be a long offseason, Wild.com has selected five standout storylines from this year. Here are the highlights of 2016-17: