DES MOINES -- When Mason Shaw arrived last July for the Minnesota Wild development camp, he, like most rookies, had only one goal - make it to the next level.
"My goal was to work hard enough to stick with the team here [in Iowa]," said the 20-year-old Iowa Wild forward, who played three seasons for Medicine Hat in the WHL. "Now, that I've done that I just want to produce for the team and work hard every day to do that."
But Shaw's performance during the first quarter of the Wild's season, along with six other Iowa rookies, has become something more than just working hard and producing for the team. In reality, the seven rookies - Shaw, Mitch McLain, Gerry Fitzgerald, Dmitry Sokolov, Will Bitten, Louie Belpedio, and goalie Kaapo Kahkonen - have each played instrumental roles in helping the Wild to its best start of any season in franchise history.