- One of the Minnesota Wild’s 2020 draft picks is returning to his junior league, from the AHL’s Iowa Wild, after it has resumed play for their shortened season. Defenseman Daemon Hunt appeared in three games for Iowa and was able to make his professional debut at the age of 18, but he will continue his development in the WHL for now. After missing a significant portion of last season—he was actually just recovering from an injury in time for the league to shutdown last spring—this will prove to be an important (still shortened) season for his growth into an all-around blueliner.
#mnwild return defenseman Daemon Hunt to WHL Moose Jaw. Because he plays for a Canadian-based team, he needs to get back ASAP for 14-day quarantine, then camp— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) February 17, 2021
Adam Beckman will stay in Iowa another week or two before returning to WHL Spokane. No quarantine since he's U.S.-based
- The Wild had a rough return after two weeks in lockdown. Getting shutout by the Los Angeles Kings isn’t the best look as you try to stay competitive in the top-heavy division. [Hockey Wilderness]
- As Minnesota players start to come back from quarantine and straight into practice with the rest of the roster, some key players are making their return tonight. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Jordan Greenway is getting a massive opportunity and he very much deserves it. [10K Rinks]
Off the trail...
- The All-Canadian North division is going goal-crazy and the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets are at the center of it. [NBC Sports]
- Some NHL stars will wear skates honoring Willie O’Ree and his legacy. [The Athletic]
- Down Goes Brown goes through the 10 different types of player reunions you can find in the NHL and how often they actually work. [The Athletic]
- The Arizona Coyotes are doubling-down after the story of their horrifying operations came to light. [Defector]