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Mike Yeo | Center

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (41) / 7/31/1973
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The Minnesota Wild have extended their affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Quad City Mallards.
Although the Wild were affiliated with Quad City in 2014-15, the Mallards were the franchise's secondary ECHL affiliate whereas now Quad City is the primary affiliate. Quad City reached the playoffs last season, but lost in the first round to the Rapid City Rush. "We're excited to announce this new agreement and continue our partnership with the Mallards," said Wild assistant GM Brent Flahr. "Quad City offers a great organization that will provide our players an excellent opportunity to continue their development." Jul 21 - 10:52 PM

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Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Minnesota is not expected to be a player on the free agent market this off-season.

The club's remaining room on the salary cap will probably be taken up by pending unrestricted free agent Devan Dubnyk as well as and restricted free agents Mikael Granlund, Erik Haula and Christian Folin. "We have a lot of players under contract and the core of the team is under contract," GM Chuck Fletcher said. "We'll see. We can just bring back our team. We don't really have to go out and do a whole bunch here. I'll take a look and talk to other teams and see what may be available."
May 27 - 3:47 PM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

The Minnesota Wild haven't been able to beat the Blackhawks in Chicago over the last three years.

Minnesota is playing against Chicago in the postseason for the third consecutive season and the Blackhawks eliminated the Wild in 2013 and 2014. Minnesota is in danger of falling victim to them again after dropping Games 1 and 2 in Chicago. The Wild have a chance to at least even the series now that it's heading to Minnesota, but eventually the Wild will have to beat Chicago on its ice.
May 4 - 9:50 AM
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Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo believes that his team has Chicago's attention.

The Wild found themselves down 3-0 in game one, but they were able to come back and tie the game. "I know one thing against this team, I think we have their attention probably a little more than we have in the past," Yeo said. "But with that comes maybe a greater sense of preparation on their part going into every game and I think we’ll see that again [Sunday]."
May 3 - 11:03 AM
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The Wild have been surprisingly effective on the powerplay during the playoffs to date.

Ranked 27th in the NHL during the regular season, the Wild PP has been on fire during the post-season. In eight chances to date the Wild has scored four goals which is tops in the NHL in efficiency. Sometimes this game is hard to figure.
Apr 25 - 1:18 PM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Minnesota didn't take a penalty in Game 3's 3-0 victory over St. Louis.

"We needed that. We knew that. As far as keeping our sticks on the ice, as far as moving our feet, we played the game the way that we needed to as far as staying out of the box, but I also think a big factor was how we played with the puck," said coach Mike Yeo. "That was very important, just as far as spending a little bit more time with the puck, spending a little bit more time in the offensive zone. That was crucial." The Blues have one goal on five opportunities in the series and the Wild have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven.
Apr 21 - 10:16 AM
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The Minnesota Wild will take on the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs.

"We know it’s going to be a hard series," Yeo said. "It’s good that we got the top wild-card position, it’s good that we’re in the playoffs, but it also means that you’re facing a tough opponent. So it’ll be a good challenge." The series will get underway in St. Louis on Thursday night.
Apr 12 - 12:44 PM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

With Saturday's 4-1 win over Los Angeles, the Minnesota Wild now find themselves in third place in the NHL's Central Division.

Minnesota is just one point ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks in the division, but the ground they have made up is incredible. On January 27th, the Hawks had a 16-point lead over the Wild, who were in 12th position in the Western Conference at the time. Mike Yeo and his group of players have really turned things around and a big reason for that has been goaltending. Devan Dubnyk has been outstanding since being acquired from Arizona. "You look at what we’ve done lately, there’s no reason why our group should not feel good and be confident," Yeo said. "It’s ongoing. You can lose it as quickly as you can gain it, but we have it right now. Our guys are doing the job."
Mar 29 - 9:56 AM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Minnesota's power play has been struggling.

The Wild have posted a record of 18-4-1 since the All-Star break, but the power play has scored just seven goals on 56 opportunities. Minnesota has gone 3-for-35 over the past 15 contests. Monday's practice focused heavily on making improvements and Matt Dumba was moved to the first unit.
Mar 17 - 10:55 AM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Don't be surprised if Minnesota trades for a defenseman to bolster its blueline.

The Wild are allegedly looking at Columbus Blue Jacket, Jordan Leopold, who was a star with the University of Minnesota years ago. Others that may be of interest to Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher are Jeff Petry, Zbynek Michalek, Andrej Meszaros and Jan Hejda. Stay tuned.
Feb 28 - 1:27 PM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is interested in adding some depth to his roster at the trade deadline.

"If we can upgrade a certain area, obviously we'll always look to do that," he said. "But at a minimum, you want to make sure your depth is good. We have to make sure we know when our injured players are coming back. We could be fine. But I want to make sure." The team has Jason Zucker out until mid-May, while Ryan Carter and Matt Cooke are listed as week-to-week. On the back end, it's unclear when Jared Spurgeon will return from what is believed to be concussion-like symptoms.
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Mike Yeo believes that advanced stats can be a useful tool if used correctly.

"We try to use as many stats as we can," Yeo said. "But sometimes too much can get in the way of other things too. I think like anything else, it’s a useful tool. And as a coach you have to decide what’s important, what’s relevant and what isn’t." The Wild coach mentioned that he doesn't use advanced stats for game-to-game decisions, but more for long-term evaluations. The NHL added an advanced stats page to their website on Friday.
Feb 21 - 11:42 AM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Minnesota wants to improve their home record.

The Wild own a 2-4-4 record at the Xcel Energy Center since Dec. 17. "We have to get better at home, that's for sure," coach Mike Yeo said. "We've always prided ourselves on being a good home team and playing well in front of our fans, and recently, we haven’t been as good as we need to be. The road trip was great. But coming back home, we have an opportunity to continue to push forward here." Minnesota has a mark of 11-7-5 at home this year after the club started the year with a 7-1 record.
Feb 3 - 10:41 AM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Minnesota coach Mike Yeo lost it on his players during Wednesday's practice.

He slammed his stick on the ice and yelled at them for practicing the way they were after performing poorly during games. The fuming coach then slammed his stick against the glass and stormed off the ice. "I think Yeozie lost it here," winger Thomas Vanek said. "He's been pretty good with us, staying upbeat. We played well last night. It's not good when you lose a hockey game. That was his message. He didn't like how some of us practiced and came out, so those things happen." The Wild have dropped 13 of their last 20 games, so this tirade was probably something that had been brewing for a while.
Jan 7 - 3:12 PM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Minnesota is still looking to turn around their 29th-ranked power play.

The Wild have seven goals on 73 opportunities for a 9.4 percent success rate and the club has recorded just one marker with the man advantage on the road. Minnesota needs to get Zach Parise going. He has one power-play goal this year after he scored 14 a year ago.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 09:38:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Charlie Coyle
4Jordan Schroeder
LW1Zach Parise
2Erik Haula
3Justin Fontaine
4Jason Zucker
RW1Jason Pominville
2Thomas Vanek
3Nino Niederreiter
4Ryan Carter
5Ruslan Fedotenko
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Matt Dumba
6Christian Folin
7Mike Reilly
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Darcy Kuemper
3Niklas Backstrom