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Continued: Q and A with Wild coach Mike Yeo

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 7, 2013 - 5:42 PM

Q: What do you expect from Granlund after a disappointing rookie year?

A: He’s flying right under the radar this year, which is perfect. That’s fine. With young kids, with that kind of skill, you have to have some patience. Some of them find it right away, some of them, it takes them a little bit longer. We saw last year that it was an adjustment for him, … but he’s a very talented kid.

Q: How much will you rely on Coyle and Zucker?

A: I want to see improvement. I thought Charlie really established himself as a player. He came in and for a long period of time played a consistent game. Zuck, he has the flashes that draw everybody’s attention and I know he’s a fan favorite, but the bottom line for me, I want to see the consistency in him now. There’s got to be stretches of good game, good game, good game.

Q: Which other kids have shots for jobs?

A: Nino [Niederreiter] is going to get a real good look. [Justin] Fontaine is a guy I’m very interested in seeing. He’s going to have to earn it, but I’m very curious and anxious to see how he does at this level. I want to see how [Zack] Phillips and [Brett] Bulmer’s doing, and we’ve got to make sure Bulmer’s healthy. [Erik] Haula had a great development camp. And Matt [Dumba] will get a great shot.

Q: What do you expect from Heatley?

A: It’s a big year for him [contract year], and I know that he’s really motivated. And I want to put him in a spot where he can be successful because I think he’s going to have a good year. I really do. He’s been working hard this summer and we missed him big time [after he was hurt April 3].

Q: Is it now or never for Marco Scandella?

A: Marco must take a step forward. We need Marco to be able to deliver night in and night out.

Q: How much do you need a bounceback year from Kyle Brodziak?

A: I’ve got full confidence he will bounce back and have a good year for us and develop chemistry with Cooke. Brodzy has a huge role on the team. We talk about No. 2 center, but a lot of times you’re using Brodzy as the No. 2 centerman just based on ice time. I’m counting on him being a hard guy to play against and I have no doubt he will be.

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