For the first time this season, the Minnesota Wild has recalled a defenseman from the Houston Aeros. Promising first year pro Marco Scandella was called up this morning and will join the team in Florida today.
Head Coach Todd Richards told the media this morning that Scandella will make his NHL debut tonight, though he did not share which Wild defenseman would be scratched in his place. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound native of Montreal, Quebec, provides a big body on the blueline for the Wild.
The 20-year-old has recorded eight points (1-7=8) and 11 penalty minutes (PIM) in 14 games with the Aeros this season. He ranks tied for second on the team in scoring and third in shots with 33. Scandella collected 31 points (9-22=31) in 31 games with the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) last season. He also appeared in seven matches with Houston and notched one assist.