Aaron Heckmann is studying journalism at Bethel University and will be a sports reporter this fall for their student-run newspaper. In addition to 10KRinks, he has started to do some freelance sports reporting for The Forest Lake Times. He also wrote for The Hockey Writers and GonePuckWild in the past. His data-driven articles are focused on solving problems, telling stories, and discovering unique storylines. Find him on Twitter @aaron_heckmann.
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Which Wild Players Are Trending Up, Down At the Quarter Mark?
By Aaron Heckmann - Nov 26, 2021
The Minnesota Wild are 12-6-1 through the first 19 games, good for 25 points, and first place in a very competitive Central Division. With the Wild nearing […]
Should the Wild Be Pursuing A Center?
By Aaron Heckmann - Nov 19, 2021
The Minnesota Wild’s complex center situation is always a focal point of the team because they don’t have a true bonafide top-line center. It will likely remain […]
Minnesota’s Offseason Additions Paying Off Early
By Aaron Heckmann - Nov 12, 2021
This offseason, the Minnesota Wild made a monumental decision by buying out the remainder of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise‘s contracts. Fortune is favoring the bold. They […]
There’s No Need To Worry About Kaprizov and Fiala
By Aaron Heckmann - Nov 5, 2021
The Minnesota Wild’s stars haven’t performed up to expectations. Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin Fiala combined for one goal through eight games, and Joel Eriksson Ek has one […]
Marcus Foligno Is the NHL’s Most Valuable Role Player
By Aaron Heckmann - Oct 29, 2021
The Minnesota Wild have a specific role for Marcus Foligno. They deploy him to play a physical, hard-nosed forechecking game with superior defensive play and game-altering fights. […]
Depth and Newcomers Carried the Wild This Weekend
By Aaron Heckmann - Oct 18, 2021
The Minnesota Wild closed out their weekend with a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings after beating the Anaheim Ducks the day before. The Wild are […]
Matt Dumba Needs To Have A Monster Season
By Aaron Heckmann - Oct 13, 2021
After displaying promising growth in the 2017-18 season, the Minnesota Wild rewarded Matt Dumba with a five-year deal that paid him $6 million annually. He was coming […]
Mats Zuccarello Needs To Stay Productive In Minnesota’s Cap-Strapped Years
By Aaron Heckmann - Oct 8, 2021
The last thing the Minnesota Wild need is another Zach Parise and Ryan Suter contract albatross, which is why it is paramount that Mats Zuccarello remains a […]
The Wild Are Projected To Be Top 10 Team, but Can They Live Up To the Hype?
By Aaron Heckmann - Oct 6, 2021
Even after significant defensive changes and not upgrading center position in the offseason, the Minnesota Wild continue to be an analytics darling. Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic […]
It’s Now or Never For Jordan Greenway
By Aaron Heckmann - Oct 1, 2021
The Minnesota Wild might not have Jordan Greenway in their future plans right now. If that’s the case, this season will be his last to sell the […]
The Wild Compromised and Still Will Get Value On Kaprizov’s Deal
By Aaron Heckmann - Sep 24, 2021
The Minnesota Wild didn’t expect to hand out such a massive payday to Kirill Kaprizov on a medium-length deal. While Kaprizov’s star power is evident, the 24-year-old […]
Can the Wild Afford To Land A Top Center In Free Agency Next Summer?
By Aaron Heckmann - Sep 17, 2021
The Minnesota Wild are trending in the right direction, but several things still need to be accomplished before they reach contender status. And the center predicament is […]