Taking a look at Wild draftees that are still in junior hockey; you can also check out the Houston Aeros' official site, for news on how the Wild's AHL affiliate is doing.
Tyler Cuma - D, Ottawa (OHL)
The Wild's 2008 first-round pick has battled injuries so far this year, playing in only 14 of his team's 25 games. He has one goal and 4 assists and is a -3. Cuma was also selected to represent Canada in the Canada-Russia Challenge; he and an OHL All-Star team beat the Russian selects, 6-3. (Cuma's main contribution: a checking-from-behind penalty and a game misconduct.) The 67s are second in the OHL's East Division, struggling along at 12-10-0-1.
Marco Scandella - D, Val d'Or (QMJHL)
Scandella was the team's second-round selection last year, and - like Cuma - saw some time in the Canada-Russia Challenge, with the QMJHL all-stars. Unfortunatelly, Scandella helped his team to Canada's only loss of the Challenge so far, dropping one 4-3 to the Ruskies. In 16 games, Scandella has a line of 3-6--9. (It's just as well that he's played in only 16 games; the Foreurs might be the worst team in major junior this year, at 4-19-1-2 so far.)
Cody Almond - F, Kelowna (WHL)
Out in Saskatchewan, Almond's on a bit of a roll; he picked up his first career hat trick last weekend, and had a goal and an assist in a win over Tri-City in midweek. In the past eight days, he has five goals, including two-game winners. For the season, Almond has 12 goals and 10 assists, and at least part-time has been an assistant captain for the Rockets.
Carson McMillan - F, Calgary (WHL)
Minnesota's 2007 7th-rounder is fourth on the Hitmen with 12-12--24, and currently has points in six straight games. He's already only four goals short of his 2007-08 total, but as a 20-year-old in a teenage league, you'd expect McMillan to be doing more than average - and while Calgary is 22-4-1-0, McMillan needs to display a serious scoring touch to get a significant shot with the Wild organization.
Sean Lorenz - D, Notre Dame (CCHA)
Lorenz is still getting his feet wet in his freshman year of college hockey; he's played in all 13 games for the Fighting Irish, and has two assists. The Colorado native is an alum of the US National Development Program Under-18 team. Don't expect him to score a lot; he's more in the Nick Schultz, defensively-responsible offensively-boring mode.
Kyle Medvec - D, Vermont (Hockey East)
The Apple Valley native has already done two years in the USHL and is now into his second year at Vermont, where he's yet to particularly tear up the ice (0-3--3 in 12 games this year, 1-4--5 in 30 games last year). At 6'5", Medvec needs to show he has skills beyond an inability to fit comfortably in a sports car.
Anthony Aiello - D, Boston College (Hockey East)
Aiello was a fifth-rounder in 2005, is a senior at BC, and is not even seeing regular ice time with the Eagles this year. Not sure if he's battling injuries or not, but Aiello doesn't look like he'll necessarily be part of the Wild's long-term plans.
Chris Hickey - F, Wisconsin (WCHA)
After two years of USHL seasoning, the 20-year-old is finally starting his college career. He got his first career goal a week ago against Minnesota-Duluth; the Cretin-Derham Hall alum has a ways to go before we know what his potential is.
(All of the below information depends on bad translations of foreign web pages.)
Eero Elo - F, Lukko Rauma (Finland) - Playing this year with Lukko's junior team.
Niko Hovinen - G, Pelicans (Finland) - Appears to be fighting for a spot as the Pelicans' backup goalie. Yet to play in a game this season.
Harri Ilvonen - D, Tappara Tampare (Finland) - A direct quote from the (translated) team website: "Harri Ilvonen was the first time in the game properly the responsibility and did well." So that's something, right?
Julian Walker - F, Ambri-Piotta (Swiss) - On the same team as former Gopher Erik Westrum. Had two goals and three assists in three games last week. (If we ever see Walker in a Wild - or Aeros - uniform, it'll be surprising.)
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