2018–19 Minnesota Wild · NHL
Division 7th Central
Conference 11th Western
2018–19 record 37–36–9
Home record 16–18–7
Road record 21–18–2
Goals for 211
Goals against 237
General Manager Paul Fenton
Coach Bruce Boudreau
Captain Mikko Koivu
Alternate captains Zach Parise
Ryan Suter
Arena Xcel Energy Center
Team Leaders
Goals Zach Parise (28)
Assists Ryan Suter (40)
Points Zach Parise (61)
Penalties in minutes Nick Seeler (64)
Wins Devan Dubnyk (31)
Goals against average Devan Dubnyk (2.54)
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The 2018–19 Minnesota Wild season was the 19th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997.[1] On April 2, 2019, the Wild were eliminated from playoff contention after the Colorado Avalanche's 6–2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers, marking the first time the Wild missed the postseason since the 2011–12 season.[2]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Divisional standings[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 43 240 214 100
Winnipeg Jets 82 47 30 5 45 272 244 99
St. Louis Blues 82 45 28 9 42 247 223 99
Dallas Stars 82 43 32 7 42 210 202 93
Arizona Coyotes 82 39 35 8 35 213 223 86
Chicago Blackhawks 82 36 34 12 33 270 292 84
Minnesota Wild 82 37 36 9 36 211 237 83


Conference standings[edit | edit source]

Central Division Division[edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 43 240 214 100
Winnipeg Jets 82 47 30 5 45 272 244 99
St. Louis Blues 82 45 28 9 42 247 223 99

Pacific Division[edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Calgary Flames 82 50 25 7 50 289 227 107
San Jose Sharks 82 46 27 9 46 289 261 101
Vegas Golden Knights 82 43 32 7 40 249 230 93

Western Conference Wild Card[edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Dallas Stars 82 43 32 7 42 210 202 93
Colorado Avalanche 82 38 30 14 36 260 246 90
Arizona Coyotes 82 39 35 8 35 213 223 86
Chicago Blackhawks 82 36 34 12 33 270 292 84
Minnesota Wild 82 37 36 9 36 211 237 83
Vancouver Canucks 82 35 36 11 29 225 254 81
Anaheim Ducks 82 35 37 10 32 199 251 80
Edmonton Oilers 82 35 38 9 32 232 274 79
Los Angeles Kings 82 31 42 9 28 202 263 71

Schedule and results[edit | edit source]

Preseason[edit | edit source]

The preseason schedule was published on June 13, 2018.[3]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

The regular season schedule was released on June 21, 2018.[4]

2018–19 game log: 37–36–9 (Home: 16–18–7; Away: 21–18–2)

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

Player statistics[edit | edit source]

As of April 6, 2019[5][6][7]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Parise, ZachZach Parise 74 28 33 61 –2 26
Staal, EricEric Staal 81 22 30 52 –7 34
Granlund, MikaelMikael Granlund

|| 63 || 15 || 34 || 49 || –2 || 20

Suter, RyanRyan Suter 82 7 40 47 –8 41
Spurgeon, JaredJared Spurgeon 82 14 29 43 –1 20
Zucker, JasonJason Zucker 81 21 21 42 –9 28
Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu 48 8 21 29 –2 22
Coyle, CharlieCharlie Coyle

|| 60 || 10 || 18 || 28 || 1 || 16

Greenway, JordanJordan Greenway 81 12 12 24 −12 29
Niederreiter, NinoNino Niederreiter

|| 46 || 9 || 14 || 23 || −11 || 10

Dumba, MathewMathew Dumba 32 12 10 22 –5 21
Foligno, MarcusMarcus Foligno 82 7 12 19 –1 55
Brodin, JonasJonas Brodin 82 4 14 18 –15 30
Kunin, LukeLuke Kunin 49 6 11 17 –9 27
Donato, RyanRyan Donato

|| 22 || 4 || 12 || 16 || –4 || 4

Fehr, EricEric Fehr 72 7 8 15 –8 30
Eriksson Ek, JoelJoel Eriksson Ek 58 7 7 14 −7 20
Brown, J. T.J. T. Brown 56 3 5 8 0 29
Fiala, KevinKevin Fiala

|| 19 || 3 || 4 || 7 || –12 || 10

Seeler, NickNick Seeler 71 2 5 7 –4 64
Pateryn, GregGreg Pateryn 80 1 6 7 –11 41
Aberg, PontusPontus Aberg

|| 22 || 1 || 5 || 6 || –4 || 6

Hunt, BradBrad Hunt 29 3 2 5 –5 6
Rask, VictorVictor Rask

|| 23 || 2 || 1 || 3 || –1 || 4

Hendricks, MattMatt Hendricks

|| 22 || 0 || 2 || 2 || –2 || 19

Bartkowski, MattMatt Bartkowski 2 1 0 1 2 0
Read, MattMatt Read 12 1 0 1 –2 2
Rau, KyleKyle Rau 6 0 1 1 0 0
Murphy, RyanRyan Murphy

|| 2 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 1 || 0

Bitetto, AnthonyAnthony Bitetto

|| 18 || 0 || 0 || 0 || –8 || 4

Prosser, NateNate Prosser 15 0 0 0 1 2
Belpedio, LouieLouie Belpedio 2 0 0 0 0 0
Sturm, NicoNico Sturm 2 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Regular season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Dubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk 67 66 3,855:16 31 28 6 163 2.54 1,877 .913 2 0 2 2
Stalock, AlexAlex Stalock 21 16 1,065:06 6 8 3 53 2.99 525 .899 0 0 2 4

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Wild. Stats reflect time with the Wild only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Wild only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Granlund, M.M. Granlund 400th career NHL game October 6, 2018
Zucker, J.J. Zucker 100th career NHL goal October 13, 2018
Staal, E.E. Staal 1,100th career NHL game October 19, 2018
Suter, R.R. Suter 500th career NHL point October 19, 2018
Suter, R.R. Suter 1,000th career NHL game October 25, 2018

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Wild have been involved in the following transactions during the 2018–19 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

Date Details Ref
October 3, 2018 (2018-10-03) To Montreal Canadiens
Gustav Olofsson
To Minnesota Wild
William Bitten
[8]
November 21, 2018 (2018-11-21) To Los Angeles Kings
Pavel Jenys
To Minnesota Wild
Stepan Falkovsky
[9]
January 16, 2019 (2019-01-16) To Anaheim Ducks
Justin Kloos
To Minnesota Wild
Pontus Aberg
[10]
January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17) To Carolina Hurricanes
Nino Niederreiter
To Minnesota Wild
Victor Rask
[11]
January 21, 2019 (2019-01-21) To Vegas Golden Knights
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2019
To Minnesota Wild
Brad Hunt
6th-round pick in 2019
[12]
January 30, 2019 (2019-01-30) To New Jersey Devils
Ryan Murphy
To Minnesota Wild
Michael Kapla
[13]
February 20, 2019 (2019-02-20) To Boston Bruins
Charlie Coyle
To Minnesota Wild
Ryan Donato
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2019
[14]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) To Nashville Predators
Mikael Granlund
To Minnesota Wild
Kevin Fiala
[15]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) To Winnipeg Jets
Matt Hendricks
To Minnesota Wild
7th-round pick in 2020
[16]
May 30, 2019 (2019-05-30) To Toronto Maple Leafs
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2020
To Minnesota Wild
Fedor Gordeev
[17]

Free agents[edit | edit source]

Date Player Team Contract term Ref
June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29) Steve Michalek to Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL) Unknown [18]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Matt Bartkowski from Calgary Flames 1-year [19]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) J. T. Brown from Anaheim Ducks 2-year [19]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Matt Cullen to Pittsburgh Penguins 1-year [20]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Eric Fehr from San Jose Sharks 1-year [19]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Kurtis Gabriel to New Jersey Devils 1-year [21]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Andrew Hammond from Colorado Avalanche 1-year [19]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Matt Hendricks from Winnipeg Jets 1-year [19]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Mike Liambas from Anaheim Ducks 2-year [19]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Greg Pateryn from Dallas Stars 3-year [19]
July 6, 2018 (2018-07-06) Tyler Ennis to Toronto Maple Leafs 1-year [22]
July 14, 2018 (2018-07-14) Zack Mitchell to Los Angeles Kings 1-year [23]
July 19, 2018 (2018-07-19) Pat Cannone to ERC Ingolstadt (DEL) 1-year [24]
July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30) Matt Read from Philadelphia Flyers 1-year [25]
August 7, 2018 (2018-08-07) Dylan Labbe to Wichita Thunder (ECHL) 1-year [26]
August 28, 2018 (2018-08-28) Kyle Quincey to HIFK (Liiga) 1-year [27]
August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31) Zach Palmquist to Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL) 1-year [28]
November 1, 2018 (2018-11-01) Colton Beck from Iowa Wild (AHL) 2-year [29]
March 18, 2019 (2019-03-18) Mat Robson from Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten) 2-year [30]
April 1, 2019 (2019-04-01) Nico Sturm from Clarkson Golden Knights (ECAC Hockey) 1-year [31]
May 10, 2019 (2019-05-10) Gerald Mayhew from Iowa Wild (AHL) 2-year [32]

Waivers[edit | edit source]

Date Player Team Ref
January 25, 2019 (2019-01-25) Anthony Bitetto from Nashville Predators [33]

Contract terminations[edit | edit source]

Date Player Via Ref
June 30, 2018 (2018-06-30) Tyler Ennis Buyout [34]
November 28, 2018 (2018-11-28) Eric Martinsson Mutual termination [35]

Signings[edit | edit source]

Date Player Contract term Ref
June 25, 2018 (2018-06-25) Ryan Murphy 1-year [36]
June 27, 2018 (2018-06-27) Kyle Rau 2-year [37]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Nick Seeler 3-year [38]
July 21, 2018 (2018-07-21) Matt Dumba 5-year [39]
July 25, 2018 (2018-07-25) Jason Zucker 5-year [40]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) Eric Staal 2-year [41]
March 5, 2019 (2019-03-05) Connor Dewar 3-year [42]
March 19, 2019 (2019-03-19) Alexander Khovanov 3-year [43]
June 11, 2019 (2019-06-11) Matt Bartkowski 1-year [44]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Minnesota Wild draft picks

Below are the Minnesota Wild's selections at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 22 and 23, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 24 Filip Johansson D  Sweden Leksands IF (Allsvenskan)
3 631 Jack McBain C  Canada Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL)
3 86 Alexander Khovanov C  Russia Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
3 922 Connor Dewar C  Canada Everett Silvertips (WHL)
5 148 Simon Johansson D  Sweden Djurgårdens IF J20 (SuperElit)
5 1553 Damien Giroux C  Canada Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
6 179 Shawn Boudrias RW  Canada Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
7 210 Sam Hengtes C  United States Tri-City Storm (USHL)

Notes:

  1. The Buffalo Sabres' third-round pick went to the Minnesota Wild as the result of a trade on June 30, 2017, that sent Jason Pominville, Marco Scandella and a fourth-round pick in 2018 to Buffalo in exchange for Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno and this pick.[45]
  2. The Vegas Golden Knights' third-round pick went to the Minnesota Wild as the result of a trade on June 21, 2017, that sent Alex Tuch to Vegas in exchange for this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade).[46]
  3. The Washington Capitals' fifth-round pick went to the Minnesota Wild as the result of a trade on June 14, 2017, that sent Tyler Graovac to Washington in exchange for this pick.[47]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Hockey League (2013). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2014. Diamond Sports Data, Inc., 73. ISBN 978-1-894801-26-3. 
  2. Wild eliminated from playoff contention after win against Jets (April 2, 2019). Retrieved on April 3, 2019.
  3. Minnesota Wild announces 2018-19 preseason schedule (June 13, 2018). Retrieved on June 21, 2018.
  4. Minnesota Wild announces 2018-19 regular season schedule (June 21, 2018). Retrieved on October 1, 2018.
  5. Minnesota Wild Stats - 2018-2019. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
  6. 2018–19 Minnesota Wild Stats – Skaters. Retrieved on April 7, 2019.
  7. 2018–19 Minnesota Wild Stats – Goalies. Retrieved on April 7, 2019.
  8. Minnesota Wild acquires forward Will Bitten (October 3, 2018). Retrieved on October 23, 2018.
  9. Wild acquires defenseman prospect Stepan Falkovsky (November 21, 2018). Retrieved on November 22, 2018.
  10. Wild acquires Aberg from Ducks (January 16, 2019). Retrieved on January 16, 2019.
  11. Wild acquires Rask from Hurricanes (January 17, 2019). Retrieved on January 17, 2019.
  12. Minnesota Wild acquires defenseman Brad Hunt from Vegas Golden Knights (January 21, 2019). Retrieved on January 22, 2019.
  13. Wild acquires defenseman Michael Kapla from New Jersey (January 30, 2019). Retrieved on January 31, 2019.
  14. Wild acquires forward Ryan Donato from Bruins (February 20, 2019). Retrieved on February 22, 2019.
  15. Minnesota Wild acquires Fiala from Nashville in exchange for Granlund (February 25, 2019). Retrieved on February 25, 2019.
  16. Wild acquires seventh-round pick from Jets for Hendricks (February 25, 2019). Retrieved on February 25, 2019.
  17. Wild acquires rights to Fedor Gordeev (May 30, 2019). Retrieved on May 31, 2019.
  18. RED BULLS HABEN EINEN NEUEN TORHÜTER (German). ecrbs.redbulls.com. Retrieved on June 30, 2018.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 Wild stays busy during Fenton's first July 1 as team's GM. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2018.
  20. Penguins Sign Forward Matt Cullen to a One-Year Contract. Pittsburgh Penguins (July 1, 2018). Retrieved on July 1, 2018.
  21. Devils sign forward Kurtis Gabriel to one-year, two-way contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2018.
  22. Maple Leafs Sign Tyler Ennis (July 6, 2018). Retrieved on July 10, 2018.
  23. LA Kings Sign Forward Zack Mitchell To A One-Year Contract (July 14, 2018). Retrieved on July 14, 2018.
  24. CANNONE FÜR INGOLSTADT (German) (July 19, 2018). Retrieved on July 19, 2018.
  25. Wild signs Read to one-year, two-way deal. nhl.com. Retrieved on July 30, 2018.
  26. WICHITA SIGNS DEFENSEMAN LABBE. echl.com. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  27. TIEDOTE: 600 NHL-OTTELUN PUOLUSTAJA KYLE QUINCEY SIIRTYY IFK:HON (Finnish). hifk.fi. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  28. Lehigh Valley Inks D Palmquist and Two Others to AHL Deals for 2018-19. phantomshockey.com. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  29. Wild signs Beck to two-year, two way deal (November 1, 2018). Retrieved on November 2, 2018.
  30. Wild signs Mat Robson to entry-level contract (March 18, 2019). Retrieved on March 18, 2019.
  31. Wild signs Nico Sturm to one-year, entry-level contract (April 1, 2019). Retrieved on April 1, 2019.
  32. Wild signs Mayhew to a two-year, two-way contract (May 10, 2019). Retrieved on May 11, 2019.
  33. Wild claims Anthony Bitetto off waivers from Nashville (January 25, 2019). Retrieved on January 31, 2019.
  34. Wild's Ennis, Canadiens' Mason on buyout waivers. sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on June 30, 2018.
  35. Eric Martinsson: Waived unconditionally (November 27, 2018). Retrieved on November 28, 2018.
  36. Wild agrees to terms with defenseman Ryan Murphy (June 25, 2018). Retrieved on June 25, 2018.
  37. Wild re-signs Rau to two-year, two-way contract (June 27, 2018). Retrieved on June 29, 2018.
  38. Wild, Seeler agree to three-year contract (July 1, 2018). Retrieved on July 5, 2018.
  39. Wild, Dumba agree on five-year contract (July 21, 2018). Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
  40. Wild, Zucker come to terms on five-year contract. nhl.com. Retrieved on August 5, 2018.
  41. Wild, Staal agree on two-year contract extension (February 25, 2019). Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
  42. Wild signs Dewar to entry-level contract (March 5, 2019). Retrieved on March 6, 2019.
  43. Wild signs Khovanov to entry-level deal (March 19, 2019). Retrieved on March 20, 2019.
  44. Wild re-signs Matt Bartkowski (June 11, 2019). Retrieved on June 13, 2019.
  45. Wild Continues Re-Shuffle in Trade with Sabres (June 30, 2017). Retrieved on June 7, 2018.
  46. Golden Knights get Alex Tuch from Wild for third-round pick (June 21, 2017). Retrieved on June 7, 2018.
  47. Capitals acquire forward Tyler Graovac from Wild for draft pick (June 14, 2017). Retrieved on June 7, 2018.


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