| Joel Ward is the last remaining tryout player still at the Minnesota Wild’s training camp. |
Five more Wild players were assigned to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League on Monday. The Wild roster now stands at 28, and will need to be reduced to 22 before the season opener on October 5.
Benoit Pouliot, Roman Voloshenko and Peter Olvecky all played in the Wild’s exhibition loss in Chicago on Sunday night, and all were included in today’s cuts. Erik Reitz, who played the final five games of the regular season last year was also assigned to Houston. Center Jason Morgan rounds out the list.
The Wild’s training camp roster, which is going to be extremely tough for a newcomer to crack, still has a group of interesting young players remaining.
James Sheppard, Shawn Belle and Wyatt Smith still remain, but perhaps the most surprising name is that of Joel Ward, a tryout right winger who has played in each of the last two preseason games. In Sunday’s game, he saw time on a line with Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra. On Thursday, he was credited with the Wild’s second goal in a 5-2 win over St. Louis, but the goal was awarded to Petteri Nummelin after replays showed Nummelin’s shot from the point avoid Ward.