Well, that was unfortunate. The Minnesota Wild had the opportunity to make the NHL debut of their prized prospect, goaltender Jesper Wallstedt, just slightly special by playing a complete game and putting in a solid effort. They did not.
In the first game of Wallstedt's hopefully illustrious career, the Wild were gunned down 7-2 by the Dallas Stars. While some goals happened and the rookie would have wanted them back, it really didn't help when the Wild completely collapsed in front of him.
Dallas unloaded a total of 32 shots on goal, but a whole lot of them were almost right in front of Wallstedt. A whole 13(!) of their 63 shot attempts were high-danger, and meanwhile, the Wild managed to get a total of five high-danger attempts for themselves. The Stars just controlled this entire game but the Wild just fell apart.
It's not an easy debut when you have to just face an onslaught of shots from all angles really in-close.
- William Nylander signed an eight-year, $92-million deal for the Toronto Maple Leafs recently, and that might just be some foreshadowing as to what Kirill Kaprizov is getting on his next deal. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The game story of the Wild's 7-2 defeat in Dallas: [NHL dot com]
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