Wild's Best Of The Web - Nov. 13
It’s not always easy staying tuned in to all things Wild online. Whether it’s a story or a funny Tweet, we’ve got you covered with the best links from around the web.
There is nothing more pure than a smile on a child’s face. On Monday, all 23 Wild players visited local children’s hospitals to spread some cheer. The kids lit up when they saw their on-ice heroes.
Second-year Wild forward Mikael Granlund is a wizard with the puck. His dazzling passing has State of Hockey fans mesmerized, but his spiral with an American football, well, not so much. But that doesn’t matter because he’s not trying out as quarterback for the Vikings…yet.
Chad Graff from the Pioneer Press profiles the crafty forward.
The Wild’s primary skill is hockey, but the players are pretty good athletes off the ice. Don’t believe me? After an optional practice several Wild players, and Head Coach Mike Yeo, shot hoops as the basketball court replaced the ice for a North Carolina State University home game at PNC Arena.
Former Wild forward and FOX Sports North analyst Wes Walz has a knack for picking up on things the average fan doesn’t see and relating to the mindset of a professional hockey player. He joined Paul Allen on KFAN last week and touched on a number of topics including Josh Harding, Granlund’s improved play and Minnesota’s team identity.
Check out the SnappyTV vids of Walz and Allen.
Sometimes it’s tough to come up with one thought, let alone 30. Elliotte Friedman collects 30 Thoughts about the National Hockey League regularly. In his most recent post, he thinks a lot about the Wild and the team’s new puck possession approach.
Friedman also thinks about Suter (No. 2) and Harding (No. 4 & 5).
Facebook is a great way to get updates from people you hardly know. So what better place to wish someone Happy Birthday? Well, the Iowa Wild celebrated prospect Raphael Bussieres’ birthday with a pretty sweet card: the forward throwing down with an opponent. The thought of getting older makes some people cranky so maybe that was the reason Bussieres felt like dropping the mitts. Or maybe he was mad because it was a belated message.
It’s weird including myself in a Best of the Web roundup (Well, not really. Everything that is on Wild.com should be up the best of the web!), but I’ll put my Wild Mo Bro Power Rankings in here so I can give a stick tap to two co-workers. The assists on the Power Rankings go to Digital Media Coordinator Kelly Erickson and Interactive Designer Katie Vannelli for helping come up with the idea.