The season keeps on creeping closer and closer, and another sure sign that hockey is right around the corner is the NHL’s annual prospect tournament held in Traverse City, Michigan. The Wild released their roster today, including prospects Nico Sturm, Connor Dewar, Dmitry Solokov, Ivan Lodnia, Will Bitten and Mat Robson. Also appearing will be 2019 draft picks Adam Beckman, Matvey Guskov and Hunter Jones.
One name that unfortunately will not be making the trip is Alexander Khovanov, Minnesota’s third-round selection in the 2018 draft. Khovanov underwent surgery to remove a benign bone tumor from his left leg last Friday, August 23. The surgery was successful, but Khovanov is scheduled to miss four-to-six weeks.
The prospects that will make the trip (check out the roster here) will be competing in the Ted Lindsay division, which also include teams of prospects from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers. The Gordie Howe division teams consist of the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The tournament will run from September 6th through the 10th.
More information on the 2019 NHL Prospect Tournament can be found on wild.com:
The Athletic’s Michael Russo sat down with new Wild GM Bill Guerin and his family for a fun Q&A, part one of two:
So, my sitdown with new #mnwild GM Bill Guerin last Friday ultimately turned into a fun, impromptu Q and A with Guerin’s wife and 3 of his 4 kids. It led to a very touching and funny piece. Enjoy>>> https://t.co/12vMvKs8lt— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) August 27, 2019
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau opens up about the upcoming season with Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune:
#MNWild coach Bruce Boudreau stopped by the Star Tribune Stage at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday for a chat with @sarah__mclellan and expressed optimism for the upcoming season https://t.co/rIlnA9kTl9— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) August 27, 2019
Brennen Rupp of Gone Puck Wild has some predictions, that are certainly “wild”:
Tending the Fields
Wild prospect Alex Khovanov had successful surgery, and will miss some time but shouldn’t be out too long:
SIGNING NEWS— Iowa Wild (@IAWild) August 26, 2019
General Manager Tom Kurvers announced today that we have signed forwards Olivier Archambault, Kyle Bauman and Cody McLeod to contracts!
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On Frozen Pond
Inspired by Herb Brooks, a “Miracle” alum takes on the high school head hockey coach job at Blake:
‘Herbie’ inspires Miracle on Ice star Rob McClanahan’s foray into high school coaching https://t.co/9fTs19iifT— The Rink Live (@TheRinkLive) August 24, 2019
Off the Trail
There are still some big name UFAs left on the market. Where might they end up? The Hockey News discusses:
Jake Gardiner, Ben Hutton and Thomas Vanek are among the remaining UFAs this summer. What are some of the top landing spots for them heading into September?https://t.co/EEmVgq4MR3— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 28, 2019
The Hockey News’ Jared Clinton keeps an eye on veterans signing PTOs, so you don’t have to:
As training camp draws near, teams are beginning to ink veteran players to tryout deals. Here's who to look for in training camps and on pre-season rosters:https://t.co/ACRMNE186W— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 27, 2019
“The Mayor” is still without a contract, and is happy to call it a career if he doesn’t find a willing team: