Even with the Wild’s season coming to an end, there’s still plenty of news coming out of the State of Hockey, and the Lighthouse is here to help recap the week that was.
Head Coach Mike Yeo and General Manager Chuck Fletcher held a press conference on Monday. The two talked about the season, the challenges Minnesota faced with injuries and why they are optimistic about the future of the Wild. Check out the full press conference, here. Just a warning, it’s a long video so you might want to make some popcorn.
The Wild had its Exit Days on Wednesday and Thursday. Obviously, there was a lot of disappointment with the way the season ended. However, there is optimism heading into the offseason. Wild TV has a recap of the Day One and Day Two interviews. Wild.com also has a photo gallery, here.
Mikko Koivu announced that he expects to play for team Finland in the upcoming World Championships. Team Finland will be defending the title and on home ice. The tournament’s final rounds are in Helsinki, the country’s capital. Not only will the Wild captain play for his country, but also is up for another honor. Koivu has advanced to the second round of the EA Sports NHL 13 cover campaign. You can read more and vote for Koivu, here.
The NHL Draft Lottery was on Tuesday, and the Edmonton Oilers won the draft draw for the third-straight year. This means that the Wild will have the seventh pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft. Wild.com recapped the Lottery and looked at all 17 players taken with the number seven pick since the inception of the lottery system, here.
Kevin Falness, Wild radio host, Glen Andresen, Wild manager of social media, and I will be hosting a weekly PONDcast throughout the summer. We touched upon several hockey topics and conducted interviews with Wild prospects Chay Genoway and Mario Lucia. You can listen to the inaugural summer PONDcast, here.
In other prospect news, the Houston Aeros are heading into their final weekend of the season. The team plays three games in three nights and the Aeros control their own playoff destiny. Houston’s first challenge on the weekend starts on the road, today against the Oklahoma City Barons. Get caught up for the final weekend of the season with the Wild.com feature story, here.
Mario Lucia and the Penticton Vees are the British Columbia Hockey League champs, sweeping Powell River to take the Fred Page Cup. The Vees will skate against winner of the Alberta Junior Hockey League championship next weekend for the Doyle Cup (no relation).
Johan Larsson won the Swedish Elite League Rookie of the Year. Wild.com has a story on the prospect, here. Larsson plays for Brynas, who have a 2-0 lead on Skelleftea in the SEL finals.