The fifth player I’m going to include on this list is Boston University’s own Jordan Greenway. Greenway was a second-round pick, 50th overall in the 2015 NHL draft. Greenway’s 6’6 230lb frame is a monster on the puck. Greenway is the junkyard dog you let loose in the corner and somehow he manages to come out with the puck. At 22 years old, has Greenway hit his ceiling as an NHL player? No, but it’s time for the Wild to cut bait and give him a shot somewhere else. Greenway would be more on the lines of a “hockey trade,” but his raw ability is there. Is there a possibility that Greenway develops into that monster power forward we all want? Of course, but it’s time to give him a chance somewhere else, and by doing so you free up a roster spot on the left side for the prized entrance of Kirill Kaprizov next season.
It’s unfortunate for Greenway this season, as he’s been in Boudreau’s doghouse and demoted down to the 4th line for most of the season. Does this sound familiar to Wild fans? The same thing happened to our beloved El Nino last season. Boudreau demoted him to the 4th line and soon after he found himself packing his bags and moving to the East coast. I just don’t think it’s fair to hold a guy like Greenway to the 4th line and under 10 minutes of ice time per game. I do think it would be some sort of hockey trade involving another player in need of a change in scenery.
All in all, I believe the Wild will be sellers at the deadline. There are currently players on this roster that have stocks at all-time highs. There’s also plenty of other players that could be on the block that I didn’t mention. Last season it sounded like Paul Fenton had a suitor for Zach Parise, could we see that? I doubt it, but it’s a possibility. Could we see Ryan Donato on the way out of Minnesota? Possibly Matt Dumba on his way to Toronto?
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