MINNESOTA HOCKEY ROUND-UP: Wild Begin Development Camp Tomorrow
ST. PAUL - Some of the top prospects in the Minnesota Wild minor league system will be in St. Paul this week for the annual development camp.
Director of Player Development Brad Bombardir and Hockey Operations Advisor Andrew Brunette will lead the on-ice sessions, while the Wild coaching staff will observe and help them with off-ice development. A total of 36 players are slated to skate, beginning this morning and running through Sunday. Among the prospects scheduled to take part are former Gopher Erik Haula, along with Mathew Dumba, Johan Gustafsson, Zack Phillips, Tyler Graovac, Brett Bulmer, Raphael Bussieres, as well as all seven players recently chosen in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. All sessions will take place at the Xcel Energy Center, with public sessions slated for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
MInnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher says he is pleased with the way his team's roster is taking shape this offseason. He admits without much room to spend money under the current provision's of the NHL salary cap, he has been limited with what he could do so far. But, he says adding defenseman Keith Ballard and locking up goalie Niklas Backstrom and defenseman Jared Spurgeon to contracts has helped. Fletcher says the roster has a good mix of veteran and young players and he believes this will be a good hockey team.
The Iowa Wild have announced six confirmed home dates for the 2013-14 season. The Wild host Opening Night on Saturday, October 12th at 7:05 from Wells Fargo Arena. Iowa will also play at home November 2nd and November 16th. The Wild will also play home games on December 15th and 26th, as well as January 31st. The Wild are the AHL affiliate to the Minnesota Wild and are moving from Houston for this season.
Minnesota native Ryan McDonagh has agreed to a new six-year contract with the New York Rangers. The New York Post reports the deal is worth $28.2-million or $47-million per season. The 24-year-old defenseman scored four goals and had 15 assists in 47 games with the Rangers last season. McDonagh led St. Paul Cretin-Derham Hall to its first state championship and was named Minnesota Mr. Hockey in 2007. He played college hockey at Wisconsin.
The 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class will be announced today. Candidates are required to land on 75-percent of the ballots cast by the 18-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan are considered locks for the 2013 class. Other candidates for the final spot are Rob Blake, Eric Lindros, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Tkachuk and Alexander Mogilny. The announcement will be made at 2 p.m.