The Wild's goals (24) and points (53) leader this season was Dany Heatley, but coach Mike Yeo said Heatley supplied more than offense to the lineup and was probably Minnesota's most valuable player.
Yeo quickly learned during his first season as Wild coach to appreciate the little things Heatley brings.
"I can go on for an awful long time about the pleasure that I had working with Dany Heatley," Yeo said. "The guy shows up and competes day after day. He pays a price; he goes to the hard areas."
Yeo said Heatley's numbers are deceiving because the Wild were without center and linemate Mikko Koivu for 27 games - mostly because of a shoulder injury - plus others who could have helped Heatley on the power play.
Minnesota Wild MVP? Probably Dany Heatley, Mike Yeo says
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Apr 10