In Tuesday’s webisode of “Becoming Wild: Chapter Two” presented by Toyota, fans were treated to Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo’s assessment of the club’s lineup for the upcoming season. The Lighthouse’s favorite moment comes at the 3:15 mark when Yeo, in what can only be described as restrained giddiness, states, “We signed a pretty good winger, who has a pretty good chance of playing alongside of Mikko Koivu.” Yeo’s smile represents the excitement felt in the rest of the State of Hockey about the Wild’s top line. The most interesting revelation: Yeo stating Mikael Granlund will start the season at center. There was speculation that the rookie might begin the year at wing, but according to Yeo, he’ll start training camp in the middle.
Speaking of the Finnish sensation, the show trekked to Helsinki, Finland to follow Granlund for an afternoon. There were two takeaways from the webisode. First, the Lighthouse really wants to visit Finland in the summer. Second, we love how Granlund shrugged off the scoop move against Russia in the 2011 World Championships – that consequently made him a rock star in Finland – as just another goal. If the Lighthouse penned the blog equivalent to that goal, sorry folks, we’d hang up our keyboard and walk away on a high-note. But Granlund isn’t satisfied with just one goal, and that’s one of the key reasons the Wild fans are so excited about his rookie season. Catch up on the series, here.
The Wild was featured in NHL.com’s 30-in-30 series this week. Brian Schiazza and the NHL.com crew asked six interesting questions, looked at the Wild’s prospect pool, broke down the possible line combinations in Minnesota, analyzed the offseason signings, and expect Dany Heatley to have a rebound season.
One of the Wild prospects, ranked second by NHL.com on Minnesota’s depth chart, is Charlie Coyle. Wild.com rang up ‘Sir Charles’ and asked him a few questions on a number of topics. A few days later, the Lighthouse received an interesting email about the possible origins of Coyle’s nickname, so look for that next week (that’s what we call a ‘teaser’ in the business). For now, read the Q & A with Coyle, here.
Have you ever wondered what kind of training professional hockey players go through in the summer to prepare for the upcoming season? Well, wonder no longer. Wild.com investigated what an NHL offseason workout is really like, training with Wild Strength and Conditioning Coach Kirk Olson for a day at Total Hockey Minnesota. Read about the results, here.
On-Sale Ticket Dates
The Wild announced the on-sale dates for single-game tickets this season, here. However, a highlight of the team’s ticket plans includes a Five-Game Flex Pack, that launched yesterday at the Minnesota State Fair. Check out the games included in the Flex Pack, and there are some doozies, here.
Used Hockey Equipment Drive
The Wild, Let’s Play Hockey and Minnesota Hockey have again teamed for the fourth annual Used Hockey Equipment Drive. There are 28 locations that you can donate your old gear. Find out where you can help equip the next generation in the State of Hockey, here.