There’s just something about the Minnesota Wild that inspires neither confidence nor excitement. They are big and slow when the NHL is trending toward smaller and quicker. They are aging while most NHL teams are growing younger by the day. The spent a fortune to sign free agent forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter and didn’t win. They traded draft picks, sacrificing pieces of the future to add parts around those two and didn’t win.
The hole just keeps getting deeper and the Wild remain a team on a treadmill – not terrible enough to be considered a doormat, but never viewed as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. They are just a team that floats annually on the playoff bubble, maybe sneaking in, maybe missing out, probably going out in the first round if they do qualify for postseason play.
Minnesota took a different and perhaps difficult approach to the 2019 NHL trade deadline, moving pieces out, namely forwards Charlie Coyle, Nino Neiderreiter and Mikael Granlund, in a bid to try and get younger and in the long run, better.
New GM Paul Fenton, who came to Minnesota after many successful years as assistant GM for the Nashville Predators, is seeking to reshape the team in the image he desires, and that likely means more of those players brought in by previous GM Chuck Fletcher will be shown the door, as might coach Bruce Boudreau.
Where does all this leave you when betting on the Wild is considered? While, to be honest, it’s a precarious position to be in. Rebuilds, even restructure on the go like this one figures to be, are tricky propositions. Teams in transition tend to be teams lacking in confidence and more prone to inconsistency and upsets. Minnesota is generally a solid home play, but in 2018-19 the Wild were dismal at home. But the defense-first philosophy of this franchise always makes Minnesota a solid play on the under.
If wagering on the Wild is on your agenda, then a stop at FanDuel might be as well. Their new sportsbook offers moneyline, total and puck line wagers on Wild games, as well as such in-game props as total goals, total home or away goals, along with a 60-minute wager and a 60-minute winning margin play.