Age Brings Wisdom For Minnesota Wild
For all the hype around the Colorado Avalanche team, the Minnesota Wild plain and simple have far more experience than them.
The Avalanche gave 11 rookies their chances in the NHL last year; let’s say for example, only half of them suffer from the dreaded ‘sophomore slump’. In their case, that’s 5-6 players that won’t be at peak performance this year.
When you look at a twenty-man game-night roster, that’s one-third of your guys on the ice, almost, that are under-performing.
Let’s say the team is holding on to a one-goal lead late in the game; who’s more prone to make a mistake; the experienced heads that lead the Minnesota Wild like Ryan Suter, Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.
Or a youngster that is still learning the ropes in the NHL like Alexander Kerfoot?
These are the smallest of margins, but this could be where the experience and veteran leadership of so many in the Minnesota Wild locker-room counts for much more than the few veteran heads in the Avalanche room, such as Ian Cole.
Plainly, experienced players are better able to handle both the challenge of being down a goal, but also the maintaining of a lead. It’s not some skill you learn at training camp; it’s a skill learned (often the hard way) in actual game-time action.