The Wild are very optimistic that Pierre-Marc Bouchard will be healthy and ready to go once training camp starts in September.
The talented playmaker missed the team's last 41 games due to post-concussion syndrome and has battled concussion issues for the last three seasons. That said, Bouchard appears to be doing well and Minnesota GM is hopeful the forward will be able to contribute to the Wild next season. "We're counting on him," said general manager Chuck Fletcher. "I mean, there are no guarantees, but he's made improvement. I'm just guessing, but he's in a way better place than where he was with his previous injury. And our expectation is he'll be healthy and able to contribute to our team next year." Bouchard may also be motivated to perform if he is healthy as he is entering his free agent year. Keep an eye on Bouchard to see if he is healthy. If so, he could be a nice late-round sleeper.