The Minnesota Wild have done a very good job of building a young nucleus of talented players. The team’s prospect list does not necessarily reflect the future of the Wild due to so many young players having key roles on the NHL team.
To accurately build an opinion of the team’s future success, you have to look at young players in the amateur ranks, the minor leagues and the NHL. The Wild have graduated their top young players from prospects to NHL veterans.
In this group, the Wild have some decisions to make where they will play this season. Most will be sent to Iowa, but at least two have a very good shot at making the opening day roster. There is one defenseman that will really have to be impressive to avoid being sent to Iowa. This list also includes four forwards with varying levels of NHL experience, but all have about the same amount of professional experience.
Here is the first installment of the Wild’s top players under the age of 25. It is the 15th through 11th best player.