The Minnesota Wild took another step towards the 2015-16 NHL season today as prospects hit the ice at Xcel Energy Center for the team’s annual Development Camp.
Forward Alex Tuch and defenseman Louie Belpedio, both draft picks from 2014, were two of the familiar faces pulling on practice sweaters and getting back to work with team white this morning, in what is now a more familiar setting.
“To come in the second year, the comfort level is a lot higher,” said Tuch. “I already have some friends and stuff so hanging out with them the first couple nights is a lot more fun and a lot easier.”
One of those players is Belpedio, who will also join Tuch at the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp at Lake Placid, New York in early August.
“It’s exciting you know I haven’t seen some of the guys since last year and you know there are a couple fellow USA guys here that I know from before, this so its nice to see them again for sure,” said Belpedio. “It’s nice to be back and just working together.“
Joel Eriksson Ek, the Wild’s 2015 first round selection (20th overall), is a member of team green for development camp and was part of the second group on the ice today. He wore number 24.
Scrimmages open to the public
Two Development Camp scrimmages are currently scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center and are open to the public. Outside of the State Of Hockey? The scrimmages will be streamed on Wild.com.