With the excitement surrounding the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter welcome news conference yesterday at Xcel Energy Center, it might have been easy to forget yesterday also marked the start of the Wild’s Development Camp.
The attendees went through some fitness testing yesterday and had a group outing last night before hitting the ice for the first time today. The drills at today’s morning skate were eerily very similar to those that the Wild conduct during the season.
The teams were split into lines (check out the line chart below) and participated in several skill drills, like one-on-ones and odd-man rushes. Since it is July and this is the first time many of these prospects have skated together, the timing plays were a little off in spells.
However, you could see the skills and talent from these youngsters that has Wild fans salivating. Jason Zucker was flying around the ice with speed that fans saw a glimpse of at the end of last season. Minnesota’s first round pick Matt Dumba has a heavy shot and a quick release from the point – and also received the customary shaving-cream pie to the face while talking to the media after practice. Brett Bulmer looks bigger and stronger than last season. Mikael Granlund has a penchant for playmaking wizardry.
It is a rousing time to be following this organization and the future looks exciting, too. In a two-part segment, the PONDcast spoke with members of Team Green and Team White. Part One features Johan Larsson, Erik Haula, Charlie Coyle and Jonas Brodin. Part Two features Marco Scandella, Brett Bulmer, Louis Nanne, Mikael Granlund and Zack Phillips.
Just as a reminder, the two scrimmages will be open to the public at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 and 11 a.m. Sunday, July 15 at Xcel Energy Center. If you can’t make the game, Wild.com will live stream the scrimmages. Kevin Falness, Studio Host and Executive Producer of Wild radio broadcasts, will host the live stream with a few special guests talking about the prospects.