Hands-off approach pays off for Dean Evason and Wild coaching staff


Usually, when there are five minutes left in intermission, the Wild coaches enter the locker room.

But not always.

On Tuesday, when the Wild were tied 1-1 with the Coyotes after a spell at the Xcel Energy Center, the staff left the players alone. They responded by taking control of the game in the second period, scoring three goals en route to a dominant 5-2 victory.

“A few guys, our leaders, stepped in and we got down to what we needed to do,” center Ryan hartman noted. “We know. It was like we were down [in the game]. We approached it as a group, and I think it shows a lot about the character of our team. “

The heart to heart reserved for the players also showed the managerial style of the coach. Dean Evason and his colleagues, an accompaniment which allows several voices to be heard.

“We can bark until we’re blue in the face doing the right things,” Evason said. “But if someone in that locker room, one of his peers, stands up and says it, it means a lot more.”

It’s not just the players who express themselves. The assistant coaches also had the microphone, and the coaches decide who meets the players and when.

“As a coaching staff you always try to find different ways,” Evason said.

When no one has a conference with the players between periods, it’s not always because the team is playing badly. Sometimes the coaching staff make the players talk to each other when they are doing well.

“The coach is important, but the players are the most important people, aren’t they? Said Evason, who finished second in Jack adams Award voted last season for NHL Coach of the Year honors. “We’re all support staff just trying to get them out on the ice to play to the best of their ability. I hope we don’t all forget when we were players, and we understand that these are the players that people come to watch.

“It’s just something we’ve always done as a staff here, and it worked.”

Injury update

Evason said he was anticipating the captain Jared spurgeon to accompany the team on their next four-game road trip starting Tuesday in Edmonton before stopping in San Jose, Los Angeles and Vegas.

Spurgeon missed a seventh straight game on Saturday with a lower body injury.

“He hasn’t had any real training with us yet so that’s the next step,” said Evason.

On Friday, the Wild sent the defender Calen addison back in Iowa in the American Hockey League and defenseman recalled Kevin czuczman. But the team hasn’t made any changes to their forward squad and defense against the Maple Leafs.

The only change came at the net, with the goalkeeper Cam Talbot departure – his first appearance since November 28. Kaapo Kahkonen started the previous two games, winning both.

The Wild is still without a striker Frédéric gaudreau (COVID protocols).

As for Toronto, they were missing one of their best winger producers. Mitch marner; he did not play after colliding with a teammate Jake muzzin in training on Friday.

Junior World Invitations

Wild hopes and defenders Demon hunt, Carson lambos and Ryan o’rourke were invited to Canada’s selection camp ahead of the 2022 World Junior Championships, which kick off Dec. 26 in Alberta.

Selection camp begins Thursday in Calgary.


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