The Minnesota Wild on Friday released center David Steckel from his professional tryout agreement. The 31-year-old appeared in two preseason games with the Wild.
Steckel, one of the NHL's best faceoff men, was trying to win a job on a team with established centers Mikko Koivu, Kyle Brodziak and Zenon Konopka, with Brodziak and Konopka penciled in on the third and fourth lines.
Minnesota also recalled goaltender Johan Gustafsson from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. The 21-year-old was Minnesota's sixth-round pick (No. 159) in the 2010 NHL Draft. He spent last season with Lulea of the Swedish Elite League and went 20-13-0 with a 1.70 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.
I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.
— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season