Even general manager Chuck Fletcher has grown tired of watching the Wild play, especially in the wake of Monday’s 7-2 beatdown at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets. Fletcher’s take on his team so far: “incredibly disappointing.” That might be an understatement considering the Wild (11-10-3, 25 points) are second to last in the Central Division with the Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights (15-6-1) in town to play Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. “Until our forwards in particular start to play the game the right way, we will not win,” Fletcher said. “It’s somewhat surprising that Monday’s result hasn’t happened sooner. … We want to encourage our forwards to make plays when they have open ice or when they have an odd-man rush. We want creativity. We want skill. That said, when we’re through the neutral zone and there’s three or four defenders lined up, to think that we can make cute plays through them, I think we’ve seen the results.” The results speak loud and clear, with the Wild allowing 3.04 goals per game — 30 goals in the past seven games alone. “It’s a high-character group,” Fletcher noted. “It’s a good enough group to win. That said, right now, it has to change, the focus has to change, and if it doesn’t, then this is what we are. We will win one, lose one, get blown out occasionally, and (Devan Dubnyk and Alex Stalock) are going to have a lot of long nights.” Fletcher also was critical of the team’s fourth line for being on the ice for three goals Monday.
GM Chuck Fletcher calls Wild’s season ‘incredibly disappointing’ so far
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Nov 30