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Which prized Wild prospect will we see in the NHL first?

Aug 7, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild are set to see a couple of youngsters get their shot to make the Wild next season.

Finnish highlight reel maker Mikael Granlund and Denver University standout Jason Zucker will look to break through right away, but that’s not all the Wild have when it comes to hot prospects. When you take a look at what’s coming down the pipe, you can understand why Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were excited to land in St. Paul.

Minnesota has a pair of recent draftees in center Zack Phillips and defenseman Jonas Brodin as well as the acquisition of Charlie Coyle (from San Jose) who they’re sky-high on. Now we’re left to wonder who out of this bunch will be the first to make a splash in the NHL.

Phillips and Coyle were teammates at St. John in the QMJHL, a powerhouse team of late if there ever was one.

Coyle left Boston University to play in the Q in his abbreviated season he piled up 38 points (15 goals) in 23 games. In the playoffs, he was a monster adding another 34 points (15 goals again) in 17 games. Meanwhile, Phillips scored 30 goals with 80 points this past season with another 32 points in the postseason. That’ll do, kid.

Brodin spent his time in the Swedish league with Farjestad and is poised to come to North America this season. Brodin isn’t an offensive blue liner as he had just eight points this past season. The Wild are in need of a solid two-way guy and he could be the answer.

Of these three, Coyle seems most ready to make the leap. At 6’2″ and 207 pounds, he could be an impact forward in the league. What do you think though? Give a vote in our poll.

  1. sknut - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    I think Brodin, he can skate and hopefully help get the puck out of the zone. Plus the Wild have more questions back there, the only thing holding him back, is he physically ready to play 82 games in the NHL.

    • lordfletcher - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      It’s Brodin, from this list of 3. He is the only one who has a great chance to make the team from camp. Coyle will be sent down to Houston and could / will be called up during the season when injuries strike. As of now, there isn’t room on the top 6 for Coyle and he does need to improve his game away from the boards. No need to rush him at all… Phillps is years (2-3) away and a long term project that could pan out really nicely. The Wild are looking solid for once at Center with Koivu / Granlund / Brodziak / Cullen / others, someone most likely Cullen will be playing wing, so again, no need to rush Phillips and he can season in Houston for a while…. Brodin is ready but at the same time, he should too start in Houston. The isn’t a better skater in MN than Brodin but he needs to add some size and could work on developing an offensive game in Houston easier than in the NHL…. my vote is for Brodin out of this list, but the real winner would be Bulmer or Zucker as I feel the 3 listed need time to mature and develope. There is no rush in MN now after Fletcher signed Parise / Suter and with baby Finnish Jesus (granlund) finally coming to the Wild

      sorry for spelling errors, didn’t proof read.

  2. ThatGuy - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Really depends on who gets hurt first. Top 6 would probably be Coyle, bottom 6 would be Bulmer, Zucker or Johan Larsson(you forgot Swedens Gold medal winning WJC team Captain). Defense it will be Brodin.

  3. danphipps01 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Coyle can surely break into the bottom six at this point. He’s definitely ready to make the jump to the NHL now.

    • ThatGuy - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      He could be a bottom six right now, but the Wild would rather him playing big first line, top PP type minutes in the AHL.

  4. uspoika - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    maybe itll be that dude in the picture gettin his clock cleaned…

  5. jacketsfan7 - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Coyle definately

  6. slickvb82 - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Of this list I would say Coyle, but watching Zucker in the Development Camp was pretty exciting. He’s quick, great vision, moves the puck well. He’ll be exciting to watch very soon too!

  7. charleslouis99 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    brodin is a hoss in NHL 12 so

  8. purpleguy - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    They are thinnest on the blue line, so that would favor brodin, But you never know about injuries up front (particularly Bouchard).

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