Ten Minnesota Wild draft picks, and 2015 free-agent signing Mike Reilly
will be among a group of Wild prospects competing in the 2015 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced on Monday.
The annual tournament, which begins on Sept. 11 and ends on Sept. 15, concludes two days before the start of training camp, and gives prospects another chance to impress team brass before camp and preseason begins.
In all, the Wild roster will carry 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and two goalies. Of the 25 players, 23 attended Minnesota’s Development Camp in July.
The Wild will play in the Ted Lindsay Division with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New York Rangers, and the St. Louis Blues. The Blue Jackets won the tournament in 2014. The Wild won the tournament in 2010.
Current Wild players who have formerly appeared in the tournament include defensemen Marco Scandella, Jared Spurgeon, Matt Dumba and Christian Folin, who have combined to play in 636 NHL games.
Dumba was on the 2014 Traverse City roster before playing in 58 games for the Wild in the NHL. Though the Wild are returning the majority of their regular NHL starters from the 2014-15 season, the prospects tournament, like development camp, can serve as another showcase for young Wild players, and another chance to work closely with the coaches.
Reilly, entering his first year as a pro, was one of the most coveted college hockey free agents after finishing his junior season at the University of Minnesota. He was named a Hobey Baker Award Finalist in 2015, an award given to that season’s best college hockey player. Reilly had 71 assists 117 career college games, second among NCAA defensemen in assists over the past three seasons.