Game 33: Wild – Sharks Report Cards


Marcus Johansson

1 G • 1 A 3 SOG • 16:52 TOI
5/5 Stars

Johansson has been electric since returning from injury. Mojo notched a goal and assist in tonight’s bout against Ryan Donato and co. Not only was he contributing on the scoreboard, Johansson just drove the offense for the Wild. He also logged good minutes on the PK. If we continue to see this version of Johansson he could become invaluable in a potential playoff push.

Kevin Fiala

1 G • 1 A • 2 SOG • 17:01 TOI
5/5 Stars

Fiala found 2 points tonight off of an assist on Marcus Johansson’s tallying and a goal that tied the game late in the third. Fiala also led the Minnesota forward corps with 3 hits, getting it done in all aspects of the game. He was able to beat Martin Jones in the shootout as well. Kevin is heating up.

Joel Eriksson Ek

1 A • 16:45 TOI
4/5 Stars

The Yule Log might have an argument for assist of the year on Nick Bonino’s goal. He beat a Sharks defender with a beautiful toe drag and found Bonino for the classic Chel cross crease goal. Eriksson Ek also logged some time on the PK for the boys. You just wish he had been able to find paydirt in the shootout.

Nick Bonino

1 G • 2 SOG • 16:51 TOI
4/5 Stars

Bonino was the beneficiary of Eriksson Ek’s unreal assist, bringing him to 4 goals on the season. Nick also notched a couple of good takeaways and helped out on the PK. Pretty good night for the former BU Terrier.

Cam Talbot

36/39 SV • 65:00 TOI
4/5 stars

Cam made some really big saves and kept the boys in this one. He stopped 36 of 39 shots that came his way which allowed Minnesota to tie the game late and at least salvage a point. Talbot gave the Wild multiple opportunities to win the game in the shootout and the boys just couldn’t deliver for him.

Matt Dumba

1 A • 24:00 TOI
3/5 Stars

Dumba picked up an apple on Fiala’s late tying goal. Matt was able to play some solid defense for Minnesota and you can tell that a lot of guys on the team feel more comfortable when he’s in the lineup.

Ian Cole

1 SOG 16:01 TOI
3/5 Stars

Cole blocked 5 shots from the Sharks. Eating that many pucks is showing up for your team. He also logged good PK minutes and was able to find a shot on goal. I’m definitely not opposed to extending Cole’s contract.

Kirill Kaprizov

1 SOG 18:55 TOI
3/5 Stars

Don’t get me wrong, Kaprizov was as incredible as ever tonight, it just came with a few minor speedbumps. Kirill made a couple of dangerous plays including one in OT that led to a Sharks 3 on 1. These minor errors are part of growing and learning how to play in the NHL.

Luke Johnson

5 PIM • 2 SOG • 10:08 TOI
3/5 Stars

Johnson took a cue from Joey Cramarossa and got into a scrap early in the game that gave the boys some jump. He was also able to register 2 shots on net and looked much better than his last stint on the roster. 

Jordan Greenway

1 A • 4 SOG • 18:05 TOI
3/5 Stars

Greenway picked up the secondary assist on Nick Bonino’s goal and was able to get 4 shots on Martin Jones. While he didn’t stick out all that much, it was a solid performance from Jordan. I really wish Dean would’ve given him a look in the shootout.

Mats Zuccarello

17:52 TOI
3/5 Stars

The highlight of this game for Zuccarello was just an unreal move in the shootout. He pulled out a Pavel Datsyuk like move that beat Martin Jones. Although the Wild didn’t win, I gotta say that was one of the nicest shootout moves I’ve seen recently from a member of the Minnesota club.

Ryan Hartman

1 A • 1 SOG • 16:44 TOI
3/5 Stars

Hartman found the secondary assist on Johansson’s opening tally. He also tried a slapshot in the shootout that missed the net. No offense Ryan, but you aren’t Brian Rolston. What sucks is that Hartman played really well per usual but that shootout attempt might have left a bad impression on his game.

Jared Spurgeon

2 PIM • 3 SOG • 22:49 TOI
3/5 Stars

Spurgeon had a couple of decent plays in the offensive zone that almost resulted in goals for Minnesota but just wasn’t able to cash in. Spurgeon and Suter failed to clear a puck from the D zone that led to Erik Karlsson’s go ahead goal in the third. Bit of an up and down night for the captain.

Jonas Brodin

2 SOG • 23:51 TOI
3/5 Stars

Jonas played well as he usually does but didn’t stick out as much in this one. He made some smart D zone plays and got a couple of shots on goal but had a pretty quiet night all things considered.

Nico Sturm

2 SOG • 11:10 TOI
3/5 Stars

Sturm didn’t play bad by any means but he was just kind of there tonight. Not a whole lot to report from the German.

Ryan Suter

24:15 TOI
2/5 Stars

Suter logged the most minutes on ice tonight for Minnesota. He does some things really well still but age is definitely catching up to the former Badger. I’m not sure if Suter logging that many minutes is a recipe for success for this team anymore.

Carson Soucy

1 SOG • 14:30 TOI
2/5 Stars

Soucy made some decent offensive plays tonight but still makes a couple of dumb plays in the transition game and defensively. Hopefully he can start to reign those in because he can be a productive 2-Way defenseman if he’s on his game.

Victor Rask

16:06 TOI
1/5 Stars

Rask is just an enigma. He looks awesome in some games and terrible in others. I just want to see some consistency out of him.

Nick Bjugstad

1 SOG 11:05 TOI
1/5 Stars

Bjugstad had a couple of bad giveaways in this one. He also had one of the worst shootout attempts in recent memory. Everyone I was watching the game with groaned when they saw him skate out for his attempt and he didn’t disappoint unfortunately.