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POSTED ON Monday, 06.20.2016 / 4:10 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Derek Lalonde helped lead the largest single-season point turnaround in the history of the East Coast Hockey League in 2014-15.

His next project will be helping to continue to right the ship of the Iowa Wild.

On Monday, the Wild announced that Lalonde will take over as the new head coach of its American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa.

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.20.2016 / 3:19 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

With many potential unknowns still in play, such as an exact salary cap figure, and the potential for an NHL expansion draft next summer, General Manager Chuck Fletcher said his focus is currently on improving the Minnesota Wild for the upcoming season.

High on his priority list, Fletcher said, is adding another proven goal scorer to the Wild's top six.

"We have pretty good depth, but maybe adding a little more high-end skill would be great," Fletcher said, addressing the media on Monday prior to the Wild departing for Buffalo and the 2016 NHL Draft. "It's a constant quest to add talent, and certainly there's so much parity in this league, there's not a lot separating most of us, and if we can find a way to score goals a little bit more easily that would certainly help our cause."

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.20.2016 / 11:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

The Minnesota Wild will open its 16th season at Xcel Energy Center Saturday, Oct. 15 against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Wild has won its past two home-openers, including last season — a 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues — and is 12-1-1, with one tie, in franchise history in its first home game of the season.

For the second consecutive season, however, the Wild will begin its regular season on the road, starting 2016-17 at Scottrade Center against the Blues Thursday, Oct. 13.

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.20.2016 / 9:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

With the highest number of registered youth hockey players in the country (57,107) the State of Hockey is flush when it comes to those playing the game beginning at a young age.

And while where hockey will lead the 50,000-plus young boys and girls across the state of Minnesota is widely different, some of its top players could hear their names called come June 24 at the 2016 NHL Draft.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.18.2016 / 10:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Wild.com will take a look at the top 30 ranked skaters according to the International Scouting Service. The Minnesota Wild owns the 15th pick in the first round, which will take place Friday, June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

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POSTED ON Friday, 06.17.2016 / 10:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Wild.com will take a look at the top 30 ranked skaters according to the International Scouting Service. The Minnesota Wild owns the 15th pick in the first round, which will take place Friday, June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.16.2016 / 10:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Wild.com will take a look at the top 30 ranked skaters according to the International Scouting Service. The Minnesota Wild owns the 15th pick in the first round, which will take place Friday, June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.15.2016 / 10:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Wild.com will take a look at the top 30 ranked skaters according to the International Scouting Service. The Minnesota Wild owns the 15th pick in the first round, which will take place Friday, June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.14.2016 / 3:55 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

When Bruce Boudreau was introduced as the Minnesota Wild's new head coach, General Manager Chuck Fletcher said Boudreau would gain instant credibility from his players because of his coaching pedigree and resume.

Boudreau's new assistants aren't inexperienced or without previous successes in their own regard, and as a new coaching staff, is collectively hoping to help the Wild find the next gear it's been searching for.

And the first order of business, according to the new coaches, is getting everyone on the same page, buying into the coach's message, and building a high level of trust.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.14.2016 / 10:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Wild.com will take a look at the top 30 ranked skaters according to the International Scouting Service. The Minnesota Wild owns the 15th pick in the first round, which will take place Friday, June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

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