On July 4th, the Minnesota Wild signed two players to long term contracts. You may have heard about it. One, a perennial 30-40 goal scoring forward, the other a big time defenseman who is capable of putting up 40-50 points in a full 82 game season. These signings came because Chuck Fletcher noticed that the Wild had a major problem completing one of the fundamental tenants of hockey.
The Wild could not score goals.
Last season's roster boasted two twenty goal scorers in Dany Heatley and Kyle Brodziak. The top point producer was Heatley with 53. That monumental total landed Heatley in the 81st position on the NHL.com stats page. His 24 goals earned him the high honor of 64th. Keep in mind that with 30 teams, that means every single NHL team (on average) had at least 2 more players score more goals than the Wild's leading scorer.
On defense, it was even uglier. Jared Spurgeon led the team with three goals and 23 total points. Those totals good for the 106th and 74th listings for defensemen on NHL.com, respectively. Keep in mind, there are quite a few ties in the defensive listing, so it is likely more like 75th and 54th. Behind Spurgeon? Marco Scandella with 12 points (3G, 9A).
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