The Minnesota Wild have missed Ryan Hartman. Not that they have lost many games because he’s not in the lineup, but just having some stable sense of offensive depth and the flexibility and options that head coach Dean Evason has at his disposal with the forward healthy, is just always nice.
#mnwild just met with Ryan Hartman, who is going to skate with the assistants tomorrow. He wants to return Friday vs. Chicago. If he feels good tomorrow and is medically cleared by the doctors, sounds like he will return Friday even without a full practice under belt.— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) December 15, 2022
Hartman has not played since Oct. 30, so is it advisable for a player to return from a six-week absence without even a full practice? Probably not, but I guess you can’t fault him for wanting to get back as soon as he possibly can.
With his return, we’ll most likely see Sammy Walker head back to the AHL. It’s been a fun three games with the speedy winger, but he will enjoy scoring many more goals in the minors.
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