After watching Wild Development Camp practices, there are a few things the Lighthouse has observed about a few of the prospects:
- Mikael Granlund has a wicked wrist shot. He has been touted as a puck-handling dynamo, but the kid can fire off a wrister under the bar from 20 feet.
- Matt Dumba has a cannon slap shot. The defenseman is not afraid to drop a Howitzer from the blue line. Ask Jason Zucker, who blocked one at this morning’s skate (Jason it’s July, flamingo!).
- Speaking of Zucker, he is still explosive mid-summer. If any of the prospects looked like they hadn’t regained their ice legs yet, the forward wasn’t one of them. He can flat out fly down the wing, but most of you already knew that.
- Jonas Brodin has great feet. During the power skating sessions, the Swede looks effortless in his movements. Smooth as Barry White’s voice.
- Brett Bulmer has filled out. Last season, the forward played in the first nine games of the season for the Wild before returning to his junior team. It looks like he wants to prove he can stick for an entire season and has come to camp with “300” abs.
- Johan Larsson is a competitor. At morning skate, the prospects were playing in small-zone scrimmages and Larsson dug the puck out of two defenders to force the puck free for a wide-open goal.
- Marco Scandella looks ready to make ‘the jump’ from potential to player. In his fourth Development Camp, the blueliner looks poised to be an every-situation guy in the NHL.
- Zack Phillips has a good pair of mitts. The forward is slick with the puck and has a quick release to boot.
- Drew LeBlanc is on the road to recovery. After missing most of last season with a leg injury, the St. Cloud State University senior captain and Development Camp invitee is skating well and poised to make a comeback this season.
- Charlie Coyle likes to get to the net. The power forward has a big body and is not afraid to get into the high-traffic areas to score. During a small-area scrimmage at the morning skate, he put two in under the bar from just outside the crease.
See if the Lighthouse’s assessment of these prospects is correct at 7 p.m. tonight at the Wild Development Camp scrimmage at Xcel Energy Center. Gate One opens at 6:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Ryan Suter T-shirt.
If you can’t make it to the game, Wild.com will carry a live stream of the scrimmage with Kevin Falness, Wild radio host, and Mike Greenlay, Wild television analyst, calling the game.
Finally, don’t forget to check back with Wild.com today at 3 p.m. for the second Webisode of “Becoming Wild: Chapter Two” presented by Toyota. The Webisode will feature the prospects training at Wild Development Camp.