The phone calls to Houston continue, and yet another Minnesotan is headed north to play for his hometown team. On Sunday, the Wild recalled forwards Jed Ortmeyer and Chad Rau. The club also reassigned center Cody Almond and placed Casey Wellman on injured reserve.
Last night, Fridley’s Jarod Palmer became the fifth Minnesota native to play for the Wild this season. Rau of Eden Prairie would be the sixth if he gets into the lineup tomorrow night against the Vancouver Canucks. Like Palmer, it would be the first NHL game for the 24-year-old who has posted five goals and nine assists through 29 games with the Aeros this season. Last year, he posted 40 points (13-27=40) in 60 games and appeared in all 24 playoff games when he posted six goals and three assists.
Ortmeyer has also earned his first callup of the season, but he appeared in four games with the Wild last season after signing with the Wild last January. In 22 games, Ortmeyer is tied for the Houston lead with a +11 rating and has chipped in six goals and 10 assists.
If both Ortmeyer and Rau get into the lineup, they will be the 34th and 35th players used by the Wild this season, which would lead the NHL. Rau would also be the 11th rookie to play for Minnesota this year, which also would be the most in the League. The Wild has never before used 11 rookies in one season.
Ortmeyer will wear #41 for Minnesota, while Rau will go with #36.