The Wild will look to close out a season-long six-game homestand with a winning record tonight with a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tonight’s game will mark the only time this season that the Wild will play back-to-back home games.
A busy day in Wild land started with General Manager Chuck Fletcher making some roster moves by calling up forwards David McIntyre and Casey Wellman while reassigning Nate Prosser and Warren Peters.
Both McIntyre and Wellman will be in the lineup tonight, with McIntyre making his NHL debut. He’ll wear #34, joining the likes of past Wild 34’s Jim Dowd, Daniel Tjarnqvist, Aaron Voros, Shane Hnidy and Maxim Noreau, who was traded to New Jersey in exchange for McIntyre.
McIntyre is a quick player, and he’s got some puck skills as well. During a drill in this summer’s development camp, he scored one of the most amazing practice goals I’ve ever seen when he dodged three players and then flipped one in as he was falling down.
The Wild also announced that Greg Zanon has been activated from injured reserve, meaning both he and Mike Lundin will play tonight. This will mark Lundin’s Wild debut, making him the 10th Minnesotan to play for his hometown team.
Lundin will be paired with Nick Schultz, while Zanon will pair up with Clayton Stoner. There will also be an adjustment to the top two lines with Cal Clutterbuck flip-flopping with Devin Setoguchi.
In other news, both Brett Bulmer and Zack Phillips have been invited to Team Canada’s National Junior Team evaluation camp, which rums from December 10-14. There were 41 players invited, and Canada’s entry into the World Junior Tournament in Edmonton and Calgary will likely come from those names. Two players on the roster are playing college hockey, including Colorado College’s Jaden Schwartz.
Look for the Wild to be well represented at the World Juniors this year. In addition to Phillips and Bulmer having good shots to play for Canada, you have to think Jason Zucker is a shoo-in for his third straight appearance with Team USA, and Charlie Coyle will likely play for Team USA as well. Mikael Granlund may play for Finland if his HIFK team allows him to. Jonas Brodin, Johan Larsson and Johan Gustafsson all have legitimate shots at playing for Sweden.
Finally, we’re in the final three days of MOvember. If you haven’t made a donation, you still have time. In fact, it would be great if you donated to Kyle Brodziak’s page so he can take down Cam Barker in the Wild vs. Oilers MoGro Faceoff.