This one could also be influential for both teams, although since I can’t magically predict who Anaheim will take in the third round, I’ll just look at the Wild’s side.
The Wild made the playoffs this year, largely because of their offensive domination. Nine players had double-digit goal totals, and two defenseman had more than 25 points.
However, once they hit the first round, Minnesota’s top scorers were shut down by the defensive play of the Avalanche, not to mention that the Avs could score too.
Marc-Andre Bergeron’s reputation is that of an offensive defenseman, but he’s also a young player who can still learn. Under the guidance of veteran Minny blue-liners Nick Schultz (+9) and Keith Carney (+8), Bergeron can learn some lessons on playing better defense.
Not to mention that an offensive combo of Brent Burns (career highs of 15 goals, 42 points last year), Kim Johnsson (27 points last year), and Bergeron (career high 46 points in 06-07) is a pretty nice deal.
Anaheim won’t get much other than another prospect unless it can hit a Datsyuk-esque late-rounder.