The Minnesota Wild prospects fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-2 in the opening game of the Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. Patrick O’Sullivan, the Wild’s second round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, netted one goal. A.J. Thelen, the club’s first round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft, picked up the other goal.
Wild Assistant General Manager/Player Personnel was in attendance at the game and offered his take on the team’s performance.
On Last Night’s Game
It was a strange game. We outshot them and we had periods of time where we sustained pressure on them. But we had some real significant breakdowns on key plays and gave up some goals at inopportune times. One of our defensemen pinched in right off the bat and they scored 16 seconds into the game. We also ran into some penalty problems and they got off to a 3-0 start on us.
We got it to within 3-2, but we could not get the tying goal. We hit the post once and they scored late in the second, which is how it remained until late in the game. We had some individual breakdowns on some of the goals, but that’s what happens.
The Wild Standouts
We got lots of production from our defensemen. They got caught sometimes too, but four of the six points we scored came from defensemen.
The Wild Goals
Jean-Michel Bolduc had the puck and he made a nice play. He slid the puck across the point to Clayton Stoner who one-timed it and Patrick O’Sullivan moved right in and made a nice deflection.
The second goal came on the power play. Roman Voloshenko, our second round pick in 2004, made a nice play back to the point to defenseman Brandon Roach, who is on a tryout with us. He slid it across the point to A.J. Thelen who one-timed a bullet right into the net.
Tonight we play the home team, the Detroit Red Wings so there should be lots of fans to make for a nice, lively atmosphere.