The Minnesota Wild haven’t had many prospects representing Canada at the World Juniors in recent years, but that could change soon.
Adam Beckman, one of the top prospects in Minnesota’s pipeline, has been invited to Hockey Canada’s summer development camp, giving him a legitimate shot at playing a role for the Canadians in the winter tournament.
NEWS | The road to the #WorldJuniors (@HC_WJC) continues July 27-31 when 41 players meet online for the @SportChek summer development camp.— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) June 16, 2020
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Minnesota selected Beckman in the third round (No. 75 overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. After averaging close to a point per game for the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League in 2018-19, Beckman went berserk in his draft-plus-one season, posting a WHL-leading 48 goals and 107 total point in 63 games.
Back in November, Corey Pronman of The Athletic singled out Beckman as one of the biggest risers of the 2019 draft class.
He impressed at times last season with his goal-scoring ability, potting 32, but there was never really any wow factor to his game and he wasn’t a top scorer in the league. I still don’t think his speed or playmaking is all that special, but he has skill and has worked on rounding out his game, adding penalty killing duties this season, for example. He’s so dangerous around the middle of the ice and around the net as a finisher. He’s probably not a first-round talent right now, as he needs to gain an extra step, but I could see him as a second-round pick in a redraft.
The Wild signed Beckman to a three-year, entry-level contract in March, so expect to see him playing for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League fairly soon. As long as he continues to develop at the rate he has, Beckman could turn out to be a heck of a find for the Wild.