Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The 2014-15 Minnesota Wild: Mike Yeo

Photo: Chris Humphreys/USA Today
If Mike Yeo had any hair at the beginning of last season, it probably would all be gone by the time the season ended. Thankfully, he did not have any to begin with.

Last year was one of the more strenuous seasons in the history of the Wild, and Yeo was able to guide his team (thus allowing him to keep his job) through the ups and downs and landed the Wild in the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

In the postseason, Yeo saw his team go back and forth in a seesaw battle with Colorado before winning in overtime of Game seven. The same could nearly be said for the second round series against Chicago, as the Wild went toe to toe with the mighty Hawks before being ousted in overtime of Game Six.

For the team's continued improvement during his time here, Yeo was given a three year contract extension. His deal runs through the 2016-17 season.

Yeo's coaching record via Hockey-Reference
Now that Yeo has re-signed, is goal for the season should be quite clear: Find more consistency.

In each of his first three seasons, the Wild have had stretches of great play followed by stretches of awful play. For the team to truly take that next step, he will have to get more consistency from his club. You simply can't have six game losing streaks during a season.

The Wild had a youthful team last year. Crucial roles on the team were played by several players under the age of 25. There were bound to be some extreme ups and downs. But its time to turn the page and make this team a well oiled machine. It starts with Yeo.

Its up to him now to get the most out of his players. Its now up to him to guide this team through an incredibly difficult Central Division. And its now up to him to get this team deeper in the postseason.

Mike Yeo might be back for another three years, but the pressure on him to win will be high all season. Its no longer about just getting in the postseason, its about winning in the postseason. The front office is convinced he is the man for the job.

We should all be convinced too...

Follow Giles on Twitter @gilesferrell

No comments:

Post a Comment