New Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley admitted today he struggled during the playoffs for the San Jose Sharks last spring, but said that simply motivates him to produce better in future postseason play.

"Last year wasn't my greatest playoff," he said during a conference call. "I'm excited to get back there and prove people wrong."

But Minnesota has not made the playoffs for three seasons, he was reminded.

"They were a good team last year, and I believe they're better this year," he said.

Heatley picked up three goals and six assists in 18 playoff games for San Jose in 2011 postseason play, but said he was hampered by injuries he refused to discuss and that he's healthy now.

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said today that Sunday's trade of winger Martin Havlat for Heatley was a major move in addressing a glaring weakness the Wild have shown over the past two seasons.

"We were a team that finished 30th in the league in terms of shots on goal and 26th in terms of offensive output," Fletcher said, adding that Heatley "certainly is one of the better goal scorers in the NHL."