2011–12 Minnesota Wild season

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2011–12 Minnesota Wild
Division 4th Northwest
Conference 12th Western
2011–12 record 35–36–11
Home record 20–17–4
Road record 15–19–7
Team information
General Manager Chuck Fletcher
Coach Mike Yeo
Captain Mikko Koivu
Alternate captains Matt Cullen
Dany Heatley
Nick Schultz (Oct–Feb)
Arena Xcel Energy Center
Average attendance 17,772 (98.4%)

The 2011–12 Minnesota Wild season was the 12th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997.[1]

The Wild failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fourth time since the 2007–08 NHL season.

Off-season[edit]

On June 17, 2011, the Wild officially introduced Mike Yeo as their new head coach. Yeo had been the head coach of the Wild's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Excluding 11 shootout-winning goals, the Wild scored 166 goals overall, the fewest in the NHL.[3][4]

Playoffs[edit]

The Wild failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.

Standings[edit]

Northwest Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Vancouver Canucks 82 51 22 9 43 249 198 +51 111
2 Calgary Flames 82 37 29 16 34 202 226 −24 90
3 Colorado Avalanche 82 41 35 6 32 208 220 −12 88
4 Minnesota Wild 82 35 36 11 24 177 226 −49 81
5 Edmonton Oilers 82 32 40 10 27 212 239 −27 74
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy.


Western Conference
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 NW p – Vancouver Canucks 82 51 22 9 43 249 198 +51 111
2 CE y – St. Louis Blues 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 +45 109
3 PA y – Phoenix Coyotes 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 +12 97
4 CE x – Nashville Predators 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 +27 104
5 CE x – Detroit Red Wings 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 +45 102
6 CE x – Chicago Blackhawks 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 +10 101
7 PA x – San Jose Sharks 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 +18 96
8 PA x – Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 +15 95
9 NW Calgary Flames 82 37 29 16 34 202 226 −24 90
10 PA Dallas Stars 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 −11 89
11 NW Colorado Avalanche 82 41 35 6 32 208 220 −12 88
12 NW Minnesota Wild 82 35 36 11 24 177 226 −49 81
13 PA Anaheim Ducks 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 −27 80
14 NW Edmonton Oilers 82 32 40 10 27 212 239 −27 74
15 CE Columbus Blue Jackets 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 −60 65
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Game Log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Wild. Stats reflect time with Wild only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Wild only.

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Josh Harding[5] NHL First Star of the Week November 7, 2011
Matt Hackett[6] NHL Second Star of the Week December 12, 2011

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Brett Bulmer 1st Career NHL Game October 8, 2011
Marco Scandella 1st Career NHL Goal October 8, 2011
Brett Bulmer 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 10, 2011
Guillaume Latendresse 300th Career NHL Game October 10, 2011
Greg Zanon 400th Career NHL Game October 20, 2011
Dany Heatley 700th Career NHL Point November 12, 2011
Pierre-Marc Bouchard 500th Career NHL Game November 13, 2011
Warren Peters 1st Career NHL Assist November 15, 2011
Kris Fredheim 1st Career NHL Game[7] November 17, 2011
Nick Schultz 700th Career NHL Game November 17, 2011
Mikko Koivu 100th Career NHL Goal November 28, 2011
David McIntyre 1st Career NHL Game November 28, 2011
Matt Hackett 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Win
December 6, 2011
Niklas Backstrom 300th Career NHL Game December 10, 2011
Dany Heatley 700th Career NHL Game December 13, 2011
Jarod Palmer 1st Career NHL Game December 17, 2011
Jarod Palmer 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
December 29, 2011
Matt Cullen 1,000th Career NHL Game January 10, 2012
Josh Harding 100th Career NHL Game January 10, 2012
David McIntyre 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
January 10, 2012
David McIntyre 1st Career NHL Goal January 14, 2012
Devin Setoguchi 300th Career NHL Game January 17, 2012
Clayton Stoner 100th Career NHL Game January 19, 2012
Chad Rau 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
January 21, 2012
Justin Falk 1st Career NHL Goal January 24, 2012
Jared Spurgeon 100th Career NHL Game January 24, 2012
Niklas Backstrom 25th Career NHL Shutout February 2, 2012
Nate Prosser 1st Career NHL Goal February 7, 2012
Kris Foucault 1st Career NHL Game February 14, 2012
Kyle Brodziak 400th Career NHL Game February 28, 2012
Matt Kassian 1st Career NHL Goal March 1, 2012
Devin Setoguchi 100th Career NHL Goal March 1, 2012
Stephane Veilleux 100th Career NHL Point March 11, 2012
Jason Zucker 1st Career NHL Game March 29, 2012
Cal Clutterbuck 300th Career NHL Game March 31, 2012
Tom Gilbert 400th Career NHL Game March 31, 2012
Jason Zucker 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
March 31, 2012
Cal Clutterbuck 100th Career NHL Point April 5, 2012
Tyler Cuma 1st Career NHL Game April 5, 2012
Chay Genoway 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
April 7, 2012

Final roster[edit]

Updated April 8, 2012.[8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
32 Finland Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom G L 40 2006 Helsinki, Finland
96 Canada Bouchard, Pierre-MarcPierre-Marc Bouchard Injured Reserve C L 34 2002 Sherbrooke, Quebec
21 Canada Brodziak, KyleKyle Brodziak C R 33 2009 St. Paul, Alberta
22 Canada Clutterbuck, CalCal Clutterbuck RW R 30 2006 Welland, Ontario
7 United States Cullen, MattMatt Cullen (A) C R 41 2010 Virginia, Minnesota
77 United States Gilbert, TomTom Gilbert D R 35 2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota
15 Canada Heatley, DanyDany Heatley (A) LW L 37 2011 Freiburg im Breisgau, West Germany
25 Canada Johnson, NickNick Johnson RW R 32 2011 Calgary, Alberta
38 United States Kampfer, StevenSteven Kampfer D R 29 2012 Ann Arbor, Michigan
28 Canada Kassian, MattMatt Kassian LW L 31 2005 Edmonton, Alberta
9 Finland Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu (C) C L 35 2001 Turku, Finland
48 Canada Latendresse, GuillaumeGuillaume Latendresse Injured Reserve RW L 30 2009 Sainte-Catherine, Quebec
34 Canada McIntyre, DavidDavid McIntyre C L 31 2011 Oakville, Ontario
43 Canada Peters, WarrenWarren Peters C L 35 2010 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
14 Canada Powe, DarrollDarroll Powe C L 32 2011 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
10 Canada Setoguchi, DevinDevin Setoguchi RW R 31 2011 Taber, Alberta
46 Canada Spurgeon, JaredJared Spurgeon D R 28 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
4 Canada Stoner, ClaytonClayton Stoner D L 33 2004 Port McNeill, British Columbia

Transactions[edit]

The Wild have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.

Draft picks[edit]

Minnesota's picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 10 Jonas Brodin D  Sweden Farjestad BK (SEL)
1 28 (from San Jose) Zack Phillips C  Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
2 60 (from Vancouver) Mario Lucia LW  United States Wayzata High School (USHS-MN)
5 131 Nick Seeler D  United States Eden Prairie High School (USHS-MN)
6 161 Stephen Michalek G  United States Loomis-Chaffee (HIGH-CT)
7 191 Tyler Graovac C  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
  2. ^ Mike Yeo Named Wild Head Coach
  3. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2012.html
  4. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2012_games.html
  5. ^ Wild's Harding named NHL's First Star of the week
  6. ^ Iginla, Hackett, Carlson are NHL's Three Stars
  7. ^ The ECHL – Fredheim becomes 473rd ECHL player to reach NHL
  8. ^ "Wild Roster". Minnesota Wild. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ Wild Acquires McIntyre From New Jersey
  10. ^ Wild Pulls Off Blockbuster With San Jose
  11. ^ Wild 2011 Day Two Draft Picks
  12. ^ Wild Acquires Darroll Powe from Philadelphia
  13. ^ Wild Acquires Heatley In Trade With Sharks
  14. ^ Wild Ships Sheppard To San Jose For Pick
  15. ^ Dallas Stars acquire forward Eric Nystrom from Minnesota
  16. ^ Wild Acquires Christensen From Rangers
  17. ^ Wild Swings Deal With New Jersey
  18. ^ Wild Acquires Tom Gilbert From Edmonton
  19. ^ Wild Acquires D Steven Kampfer For Greg Zanon
  20. ^ a b Wild Signs Powe, Taffe; “Becoming Wild” Premieres July 8
  21. ^ Wild Signs D Mike Lundin
  22. ^ Wild Signs Fredheim; Recalls From Houston
  23. ^ "Wild sign 51-year old goaltender as backup for game against Nashville". The Washington Post. November 23, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Straubing Tigers holen AHL-Stürmer Jean-Michel Daoust aus Houston". Straubing Tigers. 2011-06-09. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  25. ^ Panthers Sign G Jose Theodore
  26. ^ Blackhawks agree to terms with Brunette, Mayers, McLean and O’Donnell
  27. ^ Avalanche Signs Kobasew
  28. ^ Oilers agree to terms with Barker and Hordichuk
  29. ^ Antti Miettinen: Headed to KHL
  30. ^ Coyotes Sign Patrick O'Sullivan to a One-Year Contract
  31. ^ Panthers Agree To Terms With C John Madden
  32. ^ Wild Claims Nick Johnson Off Waivers Archived 2011-11-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  33. ^ Columbus Blue Jackets Claim Left Wing Colton Gillies Off Waivers from the Minnesota Wild
  34. ^ Brad Staubitz claimed off waivers
  35. ^ Wild Signs Larsson To Entry Level Deal
  36. ^ Wild Signs Darcy Kuemper To Entry Level Deal
  37. ^ Wild Signs Foucault To Entry Level Deal
  38. ^ Wild Locks Up Prosser For Another Season
  39. ^ a b c d Wild Re-Signs Harding, Three Others
  40. ^ Wild Signs Gillies to Two-Year Contract Archived 2011-11-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  41. ^ Wild Inks Brodin To Entry Level Deal
  42. ^ a b c d Wellman, Palmer Sign Qualifying Offers
  43. ^ Wild Signs Phillips To Contract
  44. ^ Prosser Signs Two-Year Extension
  45. ^ Wild Signs Brodziak To Extension
  46. ^ Wild Signs Coyle To Entry Level Contract
  47. ^ Wild Signs Zucker To Entry-Level Deal
  48. ^ Wild Signs Stoner To Extension
  49. ^ Finnished Business
  50. ^ Wild Signs Gustafsson To Entry-Level Deal