Chart: How the Wild makes the playoffs next season

  • Updated: April 8, 2012 - 8:20 AM

FREE-AGENT SPLASH

If you look at the potential forwards available this summer, there's only one name that would even make a ripple -- Minnesota's own Zach Parise. The Wild plans to go all-in, doing everything in its power to persuade the New Jersey star to come home and scoff at the scores of other teams that will come beating down his door. Similarly, the Wild plans to make a big run at potential Nashville Predators free agent Ryan Suter. If the Wild misses, it will need to figure out a way to add some pizzazz to its lineup -- likely via trade.

HOPE FROM THE PROSPECTS

They all won't make the roster out of camp next season, but the Wild desperately needs the speed, energy and potential offense and ability to get the puck going north that the kids can bring. Many believe Mikael Granlund can be a Calder Trophy contender, while Brett Bulmer, Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle, Johan Larsson and Jonas Brodin all will have opportunities to make the roster. At the very least, the Wild needs the kids to be able to provide depth in case it runs into more top-six holes because of injury.

STAY HEALTHY

In three years with Chuck Fletcher as GM, the Wild has lost almost 1,100 man games to injury. It's a physical game. It's a game of chance. But the Wild can't again put itself in position to rely on Guillaume Latendresse and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. The Wild has to go into next season assuming Bouchard won't be healthy. The Wild desperately needs Mikko Koivu and Niklas Backstrom to stay healthy.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang 5 FINAL
Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann 3
Atlanta - LP: S. Marimon 5 FINAL
Toronto - WP: B. Cecil 6
Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale 12 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 3
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 4 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 2
Cincinnati - LP: H. Bailey 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: C. Martinez 5
San Diego - LP: C. Kimbrel 6 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: Z. Rosscup 7
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 4 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1
Milwaukee - LP: K. Lohse 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 6
Miami - LP: M. Latos 4 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 5
LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson 0 FINAL
Houston - WP: D. Keuchel 4
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0
Oakland - WP: J. Hahn 5 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura 0
Arizona - LP: R. De La Rosa 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: C. Heston 4
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 3 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke 6
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 1 FINAL
Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez 3
Washington 93 FINAL
Toronto 86
New Orleans 99 FINAL
Golden State 106
Milwaukee 91 FINAL
Chicago 103
Dallas 108 FINAL
Houston 118
Minnesota 1 FINAL
St. Louis 4
Detroit 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
NY Rangers 3
Winnipeg 1 FINAL
Anaheim 2
Houston 1 FINAL
D.C. 1
Orlando City 0 FINAL
Columbus 3
Toronto FC 2 FINAL
FC Dallas 3
Seattle 3 FINAL
Colorado 1
Vancouver FC 1 FINAL
Real Salt Lake 0
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
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