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Wild 2022-23 Report Playing cards: Brandon Duhaime

After taking a small break from the report playing cards it’s time to begin rolling them out once more and subsequent up is fourth-liner Brandon Duhaime often known as one of many two “Dewey’s” with the opposite being Connor Dewar. He missed plenty of time this season resulting from quite a few accidents, however in a few his returns, he made massive impacts. He’s obtained plenty of fireplace in his sport and it confirmed in his play.

Most fourth-liners don’t obtain plenty of consideration apart from once they’re throwing out massive hits however Duhaime confirmed some scoring energy as properly. Hopefully, the Wild can work out a technique to re-sign him on a budget-friendly deal and hold him round as they may actually use him on the fourth line.

Duhaime’s Shortened Season

Duhaime made an impression throughout his rookie marketing campaign when he performed in 80 video games and had six targets plus 11 assists for 17 factors, plus he was a hitting machine with 201 hits. This season he performed in simply 51 video games with a rise in targets to 9 however only one help for 10 factors. The lower was clearly as a result of 29 video games missed due to harm, and one from an sickness.

Brandon Duhaime, Minnesota Wild (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

He was first injured in November and missed 5 video games, and in his return, it solely took him two video games to attain a objective. Nonetheless, he was solely within the lineup for barely two weeks earlier than he was injured once more, and this time for 18 video games. He didn’t return till January towards the Buffalo Sabres the place he scored the primary objective of the sport. Following that, he was in a position to keep wholesome for 2 months earlier than his closing harm of the season which price him one other six video games through the month of March.

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Once more when he returned, he scored in his first sport again and made his presence identified. He missed one closing sport with an sickness and in his return, he managed to attain in his second sport again. It’s clear he has the expertise to attain targets and it could’ve been attention-grabbing to see if he might’ve strung collectively extra had he stayed wholesome.

Duhaime’s Bodily Postseason

The postseason was quick for Duhaime and the Wild however he had time to throw plenty of hits. He didn’t rating any targets however he did document 21 hits and that was all he was in a position to do. He didn’t have any blocked pictures, giveaways, or takeaways however he did register 10 minutes in penalties. Aside from that, there wasn’t quite a bit to report on Duhaime’s finish.

Whereas the hits have been essential to attempt to swing momentum, they may’ve actually used some scoring from him. Plus slightly extra defensive play would’ve been good since they actually struggled in that space when it got here to the postseason. Each blocked shot meant one much less objective scored and Duhaime might’ve contributed extra in that space.

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Brandon Duhaime, Minnesota Wild (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

His spunk and vitality didn’t appear to be the identical, and whereas his line was in a position to have some success in comparison with the others by way of possibilities, they wanted to capitalize. 5-on-five wasn’t the one space they wanted to work on both, Duhaime might’ve stepped up a bit extra shorthanded as properly however clearly that didn’t occur.

Duhaime’s Grade

It’s troublesome to provide Duhaime a foul grade for the common season with all his accidents. Whereas he does must discover a technique to keep wholesome, typically that isn’t doable with the best way issues occur. He performs a tough sport and that ends in accidents and this previous season appeared like dangerous luck for him. He confirmed plenty of potential in scoring targets and clearly stored up along with his bodily facet as anticipated.

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So far as the common season goes he earned an A-. It could appear excessive for somebody that missed 30 video games but it surely’s exhausting to carry accidents towards a participant once they present a lot potential. If he was combating each sport and getting injured it could make sense to be upset, however he was injured more often than not from taking part in exhausting and gritty. His typical fourth-line type slot in properly along with his linemates they usually confirmed plenty of expertise.

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Regarding the postseason, that grade is clearly going to be decrease as a result of they wanted him to step up greater than bodily and he didn’t. He earned a B-, which can appear excessive however he did sustain with the hits that may change the momentum of a sport. So general he earned a B. He confirmed plenty of scoring expertise however was held again by accidents and dropped off when it got here to the postseason. Hopefully, if the Wild can re-sign him, he’ll have the ability to keep within the lineup persistently subsequent season and supply each bodily and offensive assist.



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