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The Wild announce their NHL Prospect Tournament roster. Plus, Khovanov has successful surgery, UFA speculation, some Wild bold predictions, and more!

NHL: JUN 28 Minnesota Wild Development Camp Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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.


Wild News

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:

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau opens up about the upcoming season with Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune:

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:

The Iowa Wild also signed a few players to AHL contracts this week, including former Avalanche (and Stephane Veilleux arch rival) Cody McLeod:

On Frozen Pond

Inspired by Herb Brooks, a “Miracle” alum takes on the high school head hockey coach job at Blake:

Off the Trail

There are still some big name UFAs left on the market. Where might they end up? The Hockey News discusses:

The Hockey News’ Jared Clinton keeps an eye on veterans signing PTOs, so you don’t have to:

“The Mayor” is still without a contract, and is happy to call it a career if he doesn’t find a willing team: