MENDOTA HEIGHTS -- Certainly, the story of the early season for the Wild has centered around its injuries up front. With players out and cap space needed, the team conducted a practice at St. Thomas Ice Arena on Monday with just nine rostered forwards.
Defenseman Gustav Olofsson and assistant coach Darby Hendrickson filled out two of three fourth-line positions, at least to start practice. By the end, Olofsson was skating in a red sweater, worn by players on the first line.
"It's an experience every day, that's for sure," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau.