Wild Prospects Are Champs Of Traverse City

Well, the 2010-2011 season is already off to a great start! Unless they changed the rules during the NHL summer meetings, the Wild’s four wins at the Traverse City Prospects tournament won’t count for anything. But it still is nice to see the Wild youngsters run the table at the tourney.

The Wild captured the championship with a 3-1 win over the host Detroit Red Wings tonight. After Detroit scored the first goal, Cody Almond, J.T. Barnett and Marco Scandella buried third period goals for the win. We’ll find out more once Wild intern Michael Placko files his report with Brent Flahr, but I’m willing to guess Matt Hackett was brilliant once again. He stopped 30 of 31 shots in the victory. Between Hackett, Darcy Kuemper and of course Anton Khudobin, the Wild goaltending future appears bright.

While the kids were battling on the ice, the big boys were battling the elements and the bunkers at Troy Burne golf course in Hudson, Wisconsin today. It was part of an outing to thank all of the Wild’s corporate sponsors. There was a Martin Havlat sighting, meaning every Wild player is now in town. Havlat isn’t much of a duffer, so he spent the day driving a cart around and visiting all the groups on the course. He’s in the business of spreading smiles.

After an hour rain delay, the groups got in their carts and were off like a herd of turtles. I didn’t see all of the Wild players in action, but I did see Matt Cullen make two beautiful shots, and I watched Guillaume Latendresse smack a mammoth drive about 311 yards (give or take a yard). Both guys are lefties too!

There were a couple ugly shots out there as well, but I’m not here to embarrass anybody. It’s going to be a long season (well into June), and I want these guys to talk to me for the rest of the year.



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