2015–16 Minnesota Wild · NHL
Division 5th Central
Conference 8th Western
2015–16 record 38–33–11
Home record 21–16–4
Road record 17–17–7
Goals for 216
Goals against 206
General Manager Chuck Fletcher
Coach Mike Yeo (Oct-Feb)
John Torchetti (interim) (Feb-Apr)
Captain Mikko Koivu
Alternate captains Zack Parise
Ryan Suter
Arena Xcel Energy Center
Average attendance 19,827 (113.2%)[1]
(41 games)
Team Leaders
Goals Zach Parise (25)
Assists Ryan Suter (43)
Points Mikko Koivu (56)
Penalties in minutes Ryan Carter (46)
Wins Devan Dubnyk (32)
Goals against average Devan Dubnyk (2.33)
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The 2015–16 Minnesota Wild season was the 16th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997.[2] Head coach Mike Yeo was relieved of his duties on February 13 after the teams thirteenth loss in fourteen games. He finished with a record of 173–132–44 in his four and a half years as head coach of the Wild. Iowa Wild head coach John Torchetti was promoted to interim head coach. Minnesota was the first team since the 2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2009-10 Montreal Canadiens to make the playoffs with fewer than 90 points

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Divisional standings[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Dallas Stars 82 50 23 9 48 267 230 109
St. Louis Blues 82 49 24 9 44 224 201 107
Chicago Blackhawks 82 47 26 9 46 235 209 103
Nashville Predators 82 41 27 14 37 228 215 96
Minnesota Wild 82 38 33 11 35 216 206 87
Colorado Avalanche 82 39 39 4 35 216 240 82
Winnipeg Jets 82 35 39 8 32 215 239 78


Conference standings[edit | edit source]

Western Conference[edit source]

Central Division Division[edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Dallas Stars 82 50 23 9 48 267 230 109
St. Louis Blues 82 49 24 9 44 224 201 107
Chicago Blackhawks 82 47 26 9 46 235 209 103

Pacific Division[edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Anaheim Ducks 82 46 25 11 43 218 192 103
Los Angeles Kings 82 48 28 6 46 225 195 102
San Jose Sharks 82 46 30 6 42 241 210 98

Western Conference Wild Card[edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Nashville Predators 82 41 27 14 37 228 215 96
Minnesota Wild 82 38 33 11 35 216 206 87
Colorado Avalanche 82 39 39 4 35 216 240 82
Arizona Coyotes 82 35 39 8 34 209 245 78
Winnipeg Jets 82 35 39 8 32 215 239 78
Calgary Flames 82 35 40 7 33 231 260 77
Vancouver Canucks 82 31 38 13 26 191 243 75
Edmonton Oilers 82 31 43 8 27 203 245 70



Schedule and results[edit | edit source]

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

2015–16 Game Log[4]

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

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

2016 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics[edit | edit source]

Final stats

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[5]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu 82 17 39 56 6 40
Parise, ZachZach Parise 70 25 28 53 −3 36
Suter, RyanRyan Suter 82 8 43 51 10 30
Granlund, MikaelMikael Granlund 82 13 31 44 −12 20
Niederreiter, NinoNino Niederreiter 82 20 23 43 9 36
Coyle, CharlieCharlie Coyle 82 21 21 42 1 16
Vanek, ThomasThomas Vanek 74 18 23 41 −10 22
Pominville, JasonJason Pominville 75 11 25 36 10 12
Haula, ErikErik Haula 76 14 20 34 21 24
Spurgeon, JaredJared Spurgeon 77 11 18 29 11 14
Dumba, MathewMathew Dumba 81 10 16 26 1 38
Zucker, JasonJason Zucker 71 13 10 23 −4 20
Scandella, MarcoMarco Scandella 73 5 16 21 6 22
Fontaine, JustinJustin Fontaine 60 5 11 16 3 20
Carter, RyanRyan Carter 60 7 5 12 −3 48
Porter, ChrisChris Porter 61 4 3 7 −6 6
Reilly, MikeMike Reilly 29 1 6 7 −4 8
Brodin, JonasJonas Brodin 68 2 5 7 –5 18
Stoll, JarretJarret Stoll

|| 51 || 3 || 3 || 6 || −4 || 16

Schroeder, JordanJordan Schroeder 26 2 2 4 2 2
Folin, ChristianChristian Folin 26 0 4 4 −1 11
Jones, DavidDavid Jones

|| 16 || 2 || 1 || 3 || 1 || 0

Prosser, NateNate Prosser 54 0 3 3 1 39
Dalpe, ZacZac Dalpe 2 1 0 1 0 0
Strachan, TysonTyson Strachan 2 0 0 0 1 0
Bulmer, BrettBrett Bulmer 3 0 0 0 −1 7
Graovac, TylerTyler Graovac 2 0 0 0 −1 0
Gabriel, KurtisKurtis Gabriel 3 0 0 0 1 10
Bertschy, ChristophChristoph Bertschy 3 0 0 0 0 0
Olofsson, GustavGustav Olofsson 2 0 0 0 0 0
Keranen, MichaelMichael Keranen

|| 1 || 0 || 0 || 0 || −1 || 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Pominville, JasonJason Pominville 6 4 3 7 0 6
Niederreiter, NinoNino Niederreiter 6 1 5 6 1 4
Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu 6 3 2 5 0 2
Spurgeon, JaredJared Spurgeon 6 2 3 5 1 4
Haula, ErikErik Haula 5 1 3 4 0 2
Suter, RyanRyan Suter 6 0 3 3 3 4
Granlund, MikaelMikael Granlund 6 1 2 3 –2 0
Brodin, JonasJonas Brodin 6 1 2 3 3 0
Zucker, JasonJason Zucker 6 0 2 2 –4 2
Coyle, CharlieCharlie Coyle 6 1 1 2 –4 6
Dumba, MathewMathew Dumba 6 0 2 2 –2 6
Porter, ChrisChris Porter 6 1 0 1 0 0
Jones, DavidDavid Jones 6 0 1 1 0 0
Scandella, MarcoMarco Scandella 6 1 0 1 –7 4
Schroeder, JordanJordan Schroeder 2 1 0 1 –1 0
Prosser, NateNate Prosser 6 0 1 1 –6 0
Stoll, JarretJarret Stoll 4 0 0 0 –1 4
Carter, RyanRyan Carter 2 0 0 0 –1 10
Dalpe, ZacZac Dalpe 3 0 0 0 –1 0
Fontaine, JustinJustin Fontaine 4 0 0 0 –1 0
Gabriel, KurtisKurtis Gabriel 4 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[6]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Dubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk 67 66 3861 32 26 6 150 2.33 1829 .918 5 0 0 8
Kuemper, DarcyDarcy Kuemper 21 16 1063 6 7 5 43 2.43 507 .915 2 0 0 2
Playoffs[7]
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Dubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk 6 6 359 2 4 20 3.34 163 .877 0 0 0 0

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

Roster[edit | edit source]

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Koivu, M.M. Koivu NHL Third Star of the Week[8] December 21, 2015
Dubnyk, D.D. Dubnyk NHL All-Star game selection[9] January 6, 2016
Parise, Z.Z. Parise NHL First Star of the Week[10] March 28, 2016
Dubnyk, D.D. Dubnyk NHL Second Star of the Month[11] April 1, 2016

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Suter, R.R. Suter 300th Career NHL Assist October 8, 2015
Parise, Z.Z. Parise 3rd Career NHL Hat Trick October 8, 2015
Zucker, J.J. Zucker 100th Career NHL Game October 10, 2015
Vanek, T.T. Vanek 300th Career NHL Goal October 15, 2015
Dubnyk, D.D. Dubnyk 100th Career NHL Win October 15, 2015
Brodin, J.J. Brodin 200th Career NHL Game October 18, 2015
Spurgeon, J.J. Spurgeon 300th Career NHL Game October 18, 2015
Parise, Z.Z. Parise 700th Career NHL Game October 27, 2015
Coyle, C.C. Coyle 200th Career NHL Game October 31, 2015
Bertschy, C.C. Bertschy 1st Career NHL Game November 7, 2015
Keranen, M.M. Keranen 1st Career NHL Game November 17, 2015
Olofsson, G.G. Olofsson 1st Career NHL Game November 19, 2015
Prosser, N.N. Prosser 200th Career NHL Game November 19, 2015
Koivu, M.M. Koivu 700th Career NHL Game November 21, 2015
Granlund, M.M. Granlund 100th Career NHL Point November 25, 2015
Porter, C.C. Porter 200th Career NHL Game December 11, 2015
Dumba, M.M. Dumba 100th Career NHL Game December 15, 2015
Parise, Z.Z. Parise 300th Career NHL Assist December 15, 2015
Dubnyk, D.D. Dubnyk 100th Career NHL Loss December 21, 2015
Coyle, C.C. Coyle 100th Career NHL Point January 2, 2016
Parise, Z.Z. Parise 4th Career NHL Hat Trick January 5, 2016
Reilly, M.M. Reilly 1st Career NHL Game January 9, 2016
Granlund, M.M. Granlund 200th Career NHL Game January 10, 2016
Pominville, J.J. Pominville 800th Career NHL Game January 23, 2016
Pominville, J.J. Pominville 600th Career NHL Point February 2, 2016
Niederreiter, N.N. Niederreiter 100th Career NHL Point February 2, 2016
Suter, R.R. Suter 800th Career NHL Game February 4, 2016
Reilly, M.M. Reilly 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
February 13, 2016
Parise, Z.Z. Parise 600th Career NHL Point February 17, 2016
Vanek, T.T. Vanek 800th Career NHL Game February 18, 2016
Reilly, M.M. Reilly 1st Career NHL Assist February 18, 2016
Schroeder, J.J. Schroeder 100th Career NHL Game March 19, 2016
Parise, Z.Z. Parise 5th Career NHL Hat Trick March 24, 2016
Niederreiter, N.N. Niederreiter 300th Career NHL Game March 24, 2016
Granlund, M.M. Granlund 100th Career NHL Assist March 26, 2016
Suter, R.R. Suter 400th Career NHL Point March 26, 2016
Scandella, M.M. Scandella 300th Career NHL Game April 3, 2016

Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Dalpe, Z.Z. Dalpe 1st Career Playoff Game April 14, 2016
Gabriel, K.K. Gabriel 1st Career Playoff Game April 18, 2016
Schroeder, J.J. Schroeder 1st Career Playoff Goal
1st Career Playoff Point
April 22, 2016

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Wild have been involved in the following transactions during the 2015–16 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

Date
Details
Ref
June 27, 2015 (2015-06-27) To Boston Bruins
5th-round pick in 2016
To Minnesota Wild
5th-round pick in 2015
[12]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To Calgary Flames
Niklas Backstrom
6th-round pick in 2016
To Minnesota Wild
David Jones
[13]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To Ottawa Senators
Michael Keranen
To Minnesota Wild
Conor Allen
[14]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To Los Angeles Kings
Brett Sutter
To Minnesota Wild
Scott Sabourin
[14]

Free agents acquired[edit | edit source]

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Mike Reilly Columbus Blue Jackets 2 years, entry-level contract [15]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Zac Dalpe Buffalo Sabres 1 year, $600,000 [16]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Ruslan Fedotenko Iowa Wild 1 year, $600,000 [16]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Marc Hagel Iowa Wild 2 years, $1.21 million [16]
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) Tyson Strachan Buffalo Sabres 1 year, $650,000 [17]
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) Jared Knight Iowa Wild 1 year, $761,250 [17]
March 26, 2016 (2016-03-26) Nick Seeler University of Minnesota 2 years, entry-level contract [18]
March 27, 2016 (2016-03-27) Mario Lucia University of Notre Dame 2 years, entry-level contract [19]
April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15) Sam Anas Quinnipiac University 2 years, entry-level contract [20]
May 17, 2016 (2016-05-17) Adam Vay Debreceni Hoki Klub 2 years, entry-level contract [21]

Free agents lost[edit | edit source]

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) Kyle Brodziak St. Louis Blues 1 year, $900,000 [22]
July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12) Chris Stewart Anaheim Ducks 1 year, $1.7 million [23]

Claimed via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers Ref
Chris Porter Philadelphia Flyers October 1, 2015 [24]
Jarret Stoll New York Rangers December 15, 2015 [25]

Player signings[edit | edit source]

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Mikael Granlund 2 years, $6 million [26]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Nate Prosser 2 years, $1.25 million [27]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Ryan Carter 1 year, $625,000 [28]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Steve Michalek 2 years, entry-level contract [29]
July 4, 2015 (2015-07-04) Devan Dubnyk 6 years, $26 million [30]
July 11, 2015 (2015-07-11) Christian Folin 2 years, $1.45 million [31]
July 13, 2015 (2015-07-13) Joel Eriksson Ek 3 years, entry-level contract [32]
August 2, 2015 (2015-08-02) Erik Haula 2 years, $2 million [33]
August 16, 2015 (2015-08-16) Brett Bulmer 1 year, $600,000 [34]
December 21, 2015 (2015-12-21) Jared Spurgeon 4 years, $20.75 million (extension) [35]
April 11, 2016 (2016-04-11) Adam Gilmour 2 years, entry-level contract [36]
April 13, 2016 (2016-04-13) Alex Tuch 3 years, entry-level contract [37]
May 24, 2016 (2016-05-24) Chase Lang 3 years, entry-level contract [38]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Minnesota Wild draft picks

Below are the Minnesota Wild's selections at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, to be held on June 26–27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 20 Joel Eriksson Ek C Sweden Farjestad BK
2 50 Jordan Greenway LW United States USA U-18
4 111 Ales Stezka G Czech Republic HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
5 135 Kirill Kaprizov LW Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk
6 171 Nicholas Boka D United States USA U-18
7 201 Gustav Bouramman D Sweden Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
7 204[a] Jack Sadek D United States Lakeville North High School
Draft notes[39]

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  13. Wild Acquires David Jones, Trades Niklas Backstrom To Calgary. nhl.com. Retrieved on February 29, 2016.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Wild Acquires Conor Allen From Ottawa, Scott Sabourin From Los Angeles. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2016.
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  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Wild Signs Three To Two-Way Contracts. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Wild Agrees To Terms Tyson Strachan and Signed Jared Knight. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  18. Minnesota Wild Signs Defenseman Nick Seeler To An Entry-Level Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 27, 2016.
  19. Wild Signs Mario Lucia To Entry-Level Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on March 27, 2016.
  20. Wild Signs Sam Anas To Two-Year, Entry-Level Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on April 18, 2016.
  21. Wild Agrees To Terms With Free Agent Goaltender Adam Vay. nhl.com. Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  22. Brodziak Signs One-Year Deal with Blues. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  23. Ducks Sign Stewart to One-Year Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  24. Wild Claims Chris Porter Off Waivers
  25. Wild Claims Jarret Stoll Off Waivers
  26. Wild Re-Signs Granlund. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  27. Nate Prosser Re-Signs With Wild. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  28. Wild Re-Signs Ryan Carter. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  29. Wild Signs Goaltender Steve Michalek. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  30. Dubnyk Re-Signs. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  31. Christian Folin Re-Signs With Wild. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  32. Wild Signs Joel Eriksson Ek. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  33. Erik Haula Agrees To Terms On A Two-Year Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on August 2, 2015.
  34. Wild Re-Signs Brett Bulmer. nhl.com. Retrieved on August 16, 2015.
  35. Wild Re-Signs Jared Spurgeon To A Four-Year Contract Extension. nhl.com. Retrieved on December 21, 2015.
  36. Wild Signs Adam Gilmour To An Entry-Level Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2016.
  37. Wild Signs Alex Tuch To Entry-Level Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on April 18, 2016.
  38. Wild Signs Chase Lang To Entry-Level Contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on May 25, 2016.
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