This morning, the Minnesota Wild announced their final cuts to their training camp roster.
The #mnwild today reduced its training camp roster to 24 players. pic.twitter.com/nonHQ1JKB5— Minnesota Wild PR (@mnwildPR) October 9, 2021
Among those cut were defenseman Calen Addison and forwards Adam Beckman and Marco Rossi. While many Wild fans are disappointed to see three of their top prospects going down to Iowa, the preseason proved that the roster is competitive enough to allow them to take their time in their development path.
After his superb camp, Adam Beckman will return to Iowa as likely the first forward to receive a call up. He will look to round out his defensive game, physical presence, and work on the transition to a professional schedule. Marco Rossi, after having a good camp as well, will look to continue his impressive return after an 18-month hiatus due to a severe case of myocarditis. Calen Addison’s camp was one with very high and low points and will look to improve his defensive play and consistency. It would be far from a surprise if he gets significant amounts of games this year.
According to Michael Russo, the two forwards handled the news well. There has been no word on how any conversation between Guerin and Addison went, but reports have emerged that he shaved his mustache.
Guerin said Beckman and Rossi took their conversation really well, but Duhaime took it “REALLY WELL.”— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) October 9, 2021
After months of scrutinized projection, South Florida native and Providence College alum Brandon Duhaime has won the coveted final forward spot. His camp was nothing short of great and he definitely won the respect of many Wild fans over its course. He will bring physicality and speed to the Wild’s forward unit.
Guerin on Duhaime: “he means business. He’s ready.”— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) October 9, 2021
One notable remainder on the Wild’s roster is top prospect Matt Boldy. He suffered a fractured ankle in the Wild’s overtime victory against Chicago on Thursday night and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. He will remain on the Wild’s roster but will be earning an AHL salary while he is injured.
After one final preseason game tonight, the Wild will head to Duluth for a practice and team bonding. After the trip concludes, the Wild will head to California for their season debut Friday night against the Ducks.