The Minnesota Wild recalled Jonas Brodin earlier today, and the 19-year-old was thrown right into the fire and onto the second power-play unit at practice. Skating along side the blue line with Tom Gilbert, Brodin replaced Jared Spurgeon, who was out for the second-straight day after blocking a shot on Tuesday against the Nashville Predators.
After the skate, Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that there is a “good chance” Brodin will make his NHL debut tomorrow on the road against the Detroit Red Wings. WildTV will have a video of Brodin up later today, with guest reporter Zenon Konopka joining the media scrum.
During even-strength play, Brodin was paired with Clayton Stoner, while Ryan Suter skated with his former Wisconsin Badger teammate, Gilbert. 18-year-old Matt Dumba rotated in with Nate Prosser and Justin Falk. Yeo said that Dumba would remain with the Wild in the near future, but added that a decision will have to be made in consideration of his development. Spurgeon will travel with the team, but Yeo didn’t disclose his status.
While yesterday’s skate featured skill development, today’s practice was about implementing system work. After running through the power play, the Wild turned its attention to the more mundane tasks for defensive zone coverage, breakouts and forechecking.
The team finished with an elimination shootout—score you stay. After some nifty first-round goals, netminders Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom blanked the shooters in the second round, winning the contest.
Yeo said that Harding will get the nod in net tomorrow. Harding played exceptionally well against the Wings last season, including a 36 save shutout win and a 2-1 overtime win in in back-to-back-games.
The Wild skated for about an hour and will depart for Detroit later today. The team will have a morning skate tomorrow before taking on the Red Wings for its first road game at 6:30 p.m. CST.