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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.11.2016 / 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, 06.10.2016 / 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, 06.9.2016 / 9:00 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, 06.8.2016 / 1:19 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

While new Minnesota Wild assistant coach Scott Stevens recently met Bruce Boudreau, John Anderson and Boudreau have known each other for years.

Anderson, named the newest Minnesota Wild assistant coach to Boudreau's staff, on Wednesday, played junior hockey for the Toronto Malboros with Boudreau. They remained teammates on the Dallas Blackhawks, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Fort Wayne Komets.

It was then when Anderson learned Boudreau, nicknamed "Gabby" for his talkative personality, was a straight shooter.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.8.2016 / 10:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Over the next few months, Wild.com will take a closer look at some of the areas of the Minnesota Wild's 2015-16 season, from players, to systems, and everything between.

In an NHL so flush with top-notch defensemen, so stacked in terms of blue liners that play the position so proficiently, it's easy to lose Ryan Suter in the shuffle.

The ever-reliable Suter may not have the flash of a P.K. Subban, the speed of an Erik Karlsson, or the gaudy point total of a Brent Burns, but what Suter did this past season was consistently provide elite defending, on top of having his best offensive season of his career.

Suter, who was considered one of the NHL's elite defensemen entering this season, did nothing to tarnish that reputation. Instead, he produced quite possibly his best season of professional hockey in this his fourth season playing for the Minnesota Wild.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.7.2016 / 1:14 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Scott Stevens and Bruce Boudreau had never met before Boudreau reached out to Stevens a few weeks ago.

Boudreau, the new head coach of the Minnesota Wild, approached Stevens about the possibility of joining his staff. He traveled to Stevens' home, and the Hall of Fame defenseman and new Wild bench boss met for two hours.

"It was kind of neat; it was one of those moments where you meet somebody for the first time and after about 10 minutes you feel like you have known them for 20 years," Stevens said. "That was the feeling with Bruce. It's very important obviously who you work with, and Bruce, he's a real person.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.7.2016 / 10:53 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

On Monday, Ryan Carter said, there was no question. The numbers simply weren't in his favor.

"Thomas caught like more species and bigger fish today, so I'll have to tip the cap to him," Carter said, back on the land after spending hours out on the water.

Vanek and Carter were two of a group of local athletes and celebrities who attended the Twins and Fins fishing tournament on Monday, hosted by the Minnesota Twins, and Twins pitchers Glen Perkins and Kyle Gibson. Former Minnesota Wild defenseman Jordan Leopold was also a participant.

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.6.2016 / 9:00 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Over the next few months, Wild.com will take a closer look at some of the areas of the Minnesota Wild's 2015-16 season, from players, to systems, and everything between.

The concept of puck possession in hockey is nothing new, even if it's being defined in new ways, as more information is made available.

In years past, it wouldn't be uncommon for a player or coach to say, "We didn't have enough of the puck tonight"; now there are possession proxies like shot-attempts, also known as Corsi, which attempt to paint the clearest picture of how often each team had the puck.

And those statistics also go hand-in-hand with winning: Teams that take more shots and shot-attempts generally score more than the opposition.

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POSTED ON Friday, 06.3.2016 / 2:00 PM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

Over the next few months, Wild.com will take a closer look at some of the areas of the Minnesota Wild's 2015-16 season, from players, to systems, and everything between.

When it comes to the Minnesota Wild's personnel, all the ingredients exist for a team that can be very effective in transition.

Consistently good defensively, with team speed and creative playmakers like Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu, not only does the Wild have the makeup of a good transition team, it's something built into its identity, and part of its strategy.

~ READ: FREEZE FRAME: ACTIVE DEFENSE BUOYS WILD SUCCESS ~

Add in a defense corps equally as speedy with a mind for the offensive, and the Wild, in stretches of 2015-16, showed how much of a weapon its rush game can be.

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POSTED ON Friday, 06.3.2016 / 9:16 AM CT
By Evan Sporer - Digital Content Coordinator / View From the Lighthouse

As a rookie in the NHL, Mike Reilly said he had his Minnesota Wild teammates to provide leadership and guide him as he embarked on his pro hockey career.

But as a student at the Breck School in Golden Valley, Reilly said he had different kinds of leaders, and people who were instrumental in getting him through a very different time.

Reilly talked about all kinds of leadership when he spoke to approximately 60 fourth graders at Breck on Thursday, returning to his old stomping grounds.

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