Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Minnesota Wild

Peter Ryell

2022-08-21

For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer/fall. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.

Enjoy!

Gone: Kevin Fiala, Nick Bjugstad, Nicolas Deslauriers, Alexander Khovanov, Nolan Stevens, Jordie Benn, Fedor Gordeev, Cam Talbot, Dereck Baribeau

Incoming: Steven Fogarty, Nic Petan, Brandon Baddock, Andrej Sustr, Brock Faber, Filip Gustavsson

Impact of Changes: The Wild shipped out Kevin Fiala, a point-per-game player, Nick Bjugstad, Nicolas Deslauriers and replaced them with depth players on two-way contracts. Such is the penalty for buying out Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

The Wild also traded away Cam Talbot for Filip Gustavsson, a solid backup option who had solid numbers in limited action with Ottawa. He may now get more starts as a backup than he has had in his whole young career, close to 30 if they attempt to alleviate some of the workload that Marc-André Fleury will have.

Ready for Full Time: Marco Rossi is the top prospect and is expected to make the team this season. He may have arrived sooner were it not for losing an entire season to COVID and experie