Summer Skate: Minnesota wild

Minnesota will need more than just Dany Heatley to climb

Updated: September 23, 2011, 11:12 AM ET
By and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with Minnesota. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Minnesota Wild

The perpetually middling Wild tried to add a big gun to their arsenal this summer by acquiring sniper Dany Heatley from the San Jose Sharks.

The Wild's problem will likely remain even-strength production, however, given Heatley's main strength the past few years has been scoring on the power play.

The question remains: Will Minnesota get enough internal progression from existing players to break through to the playoffs?