Wild Prospects Ranked Second
The Wild signed goaltending prospect Johan Gustafsson to an entry-level contract last week, rounding out a prospect pool that Hockey’s Future ranked second in the NHL behind the Florida Panthers. Highly touted prospects Brett Bulmer, Jonas Brodin, Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Johan Larsson, Zack Phillips and Jason Zucker are all under contract, so if Wild fans are as excited as us at the Lighthouse, you’re probably frothing at the mouth for Minnesota’s mid-July development camp.
Countdown to Draft Day
Speaking of future Wild, we’re two weeks away from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, and Minnesota’s number seven pick in the first round. Wild.com will amp up its coverage on Monday, launching a draft central page. To wet your appetite for the NHL’s future stars, check out a few videos from the Draft Combine: Day 1 recap, a statistical recap and an interview with Dan Marr, director of central scouting.
Deutsch’s Moment of Glory
Star Tribune writer Brian Stensaas has an ongoing Moments of Glory series, highlighting Minnesota sports figures that had only a brush with the big time. Today, Stensaas profiles Paul Deutsch’s day with the Wild as an emergency backup goaltender. Check out the story, here. The 51 year old only took warm ups, as call-up Matt Hackett arrived moments before the first period, but you can relive Deutsch’s big day with the Wild TV video, here.
Jeff Taffe and Stephane Veilleux, along with Zach McKelvie (Boston Bruins), were added to the roster of the NHL Players Charity Game that will benefit Defending the Blue Line, presented by Gander Mountain. The game is on Wednesday, June 20 at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota Campus. For tickets and more information, go to defendingtheblueline.org.
Father’s Day Sale
Looking for that perfect gift for dad on Father’s Day? The Hockey Lodge has select items on sale for 20 percent off, now until June 17. The Hockey Lodge inside Xcel Energy Center will be closed until June 18, but the Lodge’s Burnsville Center and Maplewood Mall locations will be open during this time. But if you don’t want to spend your weekend at the mall, go to the Hockey Lodge’s online catalog, here.