| Tommy Thompson was pleased with the effort on Saturday, but not with the 3-0 result. |
The purpose of a Prospect Tournament like the NHL Centre I.C.E. tourney, where the Minnesota Wild prospects are earning their keep, is to show the improvement of the team’s future. In that respect, the Wild improved from yesterday, when it lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2.
On Saturday, the quality of play improved, but the result did not. Minnesota dropped its second consecutive game in Traverse City, falling to the Dallas Stars, 3-0.
Wild Assistant General Manager Tommy Thompson was pleased with his team’s effort in a game very similar to yesterday in that the team could not finish off some great scoring chances. The two teams played to a scoreless tie through two periods, but the Stars finally cracked through goaltender Kristofer Westblom, scoring three goals in the final 10 minutes.
In the always highly-anticipated "Tommy’s Take," Thompson reflects on a solid team effort and the improvements made by one highly-touted defenseman.
The Wild will not play on Sunday, so enjoy today’s "Tommy’s Take," because we won’t get another one until Monday night after the Wild takes on the St. Louis Blues.
It was a solid team effort today and we played much better. We played a strong defensive game, and I would say very strong, but they got three goals in the last half of the third period. We just got chances and could not convert. It’s as simple as that.
As a team, we were much better. Guys were skating hard and throwing checks. Again, defenseman Clayton Stoner played very well for the second straight day. He made a lot of good plays.
Another guy that has made a lot of improvements since we got him is Shawn Belle. I think playing here in this organization will be very good for him.