Kris Fredheim was not a name typically mentioned during the Wild’s July Development Camp. Nor was it brought up much during the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City.
When Marek Zidlicky went down on Tuesday night, speculation ran on internets about who the next Wild defenseman would be. Cuma? Bagnall? Genoway? Medvec?
The answer his Fredheim (pronounced FRED-haym), and he’ll make his NHL debut tonight while being paired with Clayton Stoner.
Fredheim’s parents will be in attendance tonight after flying in from British Columbia. He admitted to some nerves, but hopes to get those out early tonight.
Casey Wellman was also called up today, but like he was on Tuesday, he’ll be a gametime decision. Some players are banged up, but there is no word coming out of the morning skate about anybody coming out of the lineup.
Niklas Backstrom gets the start in goal against a team he’s beaten 17 times with just four regulation losses.
On the injury front, Head Coach Mike Yeo said that of the three players who recently suffered concussions (Guillaume Latendresse, Marco Scandella and Marek Zidlicky), Scandella is feeling the best and has been working out.
Mike Lundin is also getting close to making his Wild debut. It’s possible the team sends him down to Houston to get some game action in before being put into the lineup for an NHL game.
The Colorado Avalanche will be the last Northwest Division foe to face the Wild this season. Thus far, Minnesota is 4-0-1 within the Division. The Avs bring in some young studs, including Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, who was the second overall pick in the Draft this past summer in St. Paul.