The Minnesota Wild recently trimmed down their roster but there are a few wrinkles that should be mentioned when the total number of players left is discussed. While 19 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders looks like healthy competition remains, it all boils down to not a whole lot of spots up for grabs.
Of the 19 forwards, there are three injured (Caedan Bankier, Mikey Milne, and Sam Hentges) who are just rehabbing with the team. So outside of the projected 12, it is Vinni Lettieri, Jujhar Khaira, Sammy Walker, and Nic Petan, all battling to be the Wild's 13th forward or impress enough to be the first forward called up in case of future injury.
And then of course we know what the blue line and crease is going to look like, so there isn't really any juicy training camp competition at this stage of the preseason, unfortunately.
- Do the Wild have some hidden strategy that will make them look really intelligent with the Mats Zuccarello and Marcus Foligno contract extensions? [Hockey Wilderness]
- On Tuesday, Mason Shaw got to stay within the Wild organization by signing a one-year, AHL-only deal with the Iowa Wild as he looks to rehab from his injury through this season. [The Hockey News]
- Derek Stepan announced his retirement from playing professional hockey on Tuesday, but he will be working part-time in the Wild front office as his new job. [The Hockey News]
Off the trail...
- It's the start of the real hockey season so you know what that means -- it is also the start of fantasy hockey season! Here is a list of some sleeper picks to consider while drafting your team: [Yahoo Sports]
- Matthew Coronato is making a strong case for making the Calgary Flames' top-six forward group after showcasing his wicked shot. [Sportsnet]
- Should we be a little scared? Connor Bedard just had a three-point night for the Chicago Blackhawks in a preseason game. [NHL dot com]
- There is nothing like a beautiful comeback story and there are going to be loads in the 2023-24 NHL season. From Jonathan Drouin being back with his junior teammate, to Jack Campbell trying to stay afloat in the Edmonton crease. [DailyFaceoff]
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