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Wilderness Walk: Bankier makes Team Canada

Your daily dose of Wild news, along with other interesting stories from around the NHL.

NHL: SEP 16 Wild Development Camp

It’s already World Juniors time (it’s crazy, I know) so that means getting to learn what Minnesota Wild prospects have made their respective country’s rosters. It started yesterday with forward Caedan Bankier making Team Canada and surviving every round of cuts.

The 19-year-old center has never before represented Canada or played any international hockey at all, so this is massive for him. You can clearly see how much it means to him.

These kind of stories rock even if you’re a neutral fan, so to cheer him on as a Wild prospect that is blossoming into a very good junior hockey player, is so good. Bankier has scored 20 goals and 33 points in 24 games in the WHL this season — only superstar prospect Connor Bedard has scored more goals per game than him.

That’s Wild

  • In other news, the Wild dominated the Edmonton Oilers last night and basically made Connor McDavid think he could never score another goal in his life. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • During the game, Jordan Greenway had some things to say to Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse. [Hockey Wilderness]

Off the trail...

  • Kind of related to the Wild, why some teams are finding having two good goaltenders are better than one. (Duh) [ESPN]
  • ...A brawl happened during a game between the Arizona Coyotes and the Boston Bruins and apparently a fan had part of their finger bitten off. Cool! [Yahoo Sports]