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Late Season Moves; Minnesota Recalls 8 From Iowa Wild

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Jamie Sabau

The Minnesota Wild made some late season moves today by recalling eight players from the Iowa Wild of the AHL. These players are expected to practice separately from the big squad, but can be used in injury situations. The Iowa Wild finished a disappointing inaugural regular season Saturday with a 3-2 loss against the Oklahoma City Barons. Iowa finished with a 27-36-7(OTL)-6(SOL) record which was good enough for dead last in the Midwest Division with 67 points.

The players recalled today are forwards Raphael Bussieres, Jake Dowell, Tyler Graovac, Carson McMillan and Zack Phillips; defensemen Steven Kampfer and Jon Landry and goaltender Johan Gustafsson.

This is an excerpt from the press released from the team after today's moves.

Bussieres, 20, collected 19 points (5-14=19) and 51 penalty minutes (PIM) in 61 games during his first season with Iowa.

Dowell, 29, had 19 points (7-12=19) and 56 PIM in 57 games with Iowa. He was named the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award recipient as the AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey on April 11, 2014. Dowell also appeared in one game with Minnesota this season at Chicago on April 3, 2014.

Graovac, 20, led Iowa rookies in scoring with 25 points (13-12=25) in 64 games.

Gustafsson, 22, went 12-20-4 with a 2.98 goals-against average (GAA), a .903 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in 40 games with Iowa.

Kampfer, 25, recorded 26 points (6-20=26) and 48 PIM in 69 games with Iowa.

Landry, 30, notched 18 assists in 50 games and led the team with a plus-10 rating.

McMillan, 25, tallied 28 points (12-16=28) in 68 games with Iowa and skated in one game with Minnesota vs. New Jersey on Nov. 3, 2013.

Phillips, 21, ranked second on Iowa in scoring this season with 33 points (12-21=33), including four power-play goals in 76 games.