Iowa Wild 2014-15 Record: 21-43-2-2, 46 points, Fifth Place in West Division
The Iowa Wild, Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, suffered a 1-0 overtime loss at Wells Fargo Arena in its first match against San Antonio on Friday (3/27). G John Curry made 32 saves through overtime. The Wild lost 4-1 in the second match against the Rampage on Saturday (3/28). F Oliver Archambault scored the team’s lone goal with an assist from D Jonathon Blum. G Johan Gustafsson stopped 26 shots. Iowa dropped its final match of the week at Chicago, 3-2 on Sunday (3/29). Forwards Brett Sutter and Marc Hagel each scored and Curry made 33 saves. F Tyler Graovac leads the Wild in scoring with 43 points (20-23=43) in 65 games. F Michael Keranen ranks second with 34 points (9-25=34). Blum (9-23=32) and Hagel (11-21=32) rank T-3rd with 32 points while F Zach Mitchell ranks T-10th in the AHL amongst rookies in goals (16). Curry is 11-19-2 with a 2.75 GAA and a .915 SV% in 35 games. Gustafsson is 8-20-1 with a 3.41 GAA and a .895 SV% in 33 games. The Wild hosts the Rochester Americans on Friday (4/3).
Canadian Hockey Leagues
C Reid Duke - Brandon (WHL):
The Wild's sixth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has not played in Brandon’s four playoff contests as the Wheat Kings lead Edmonton, 3-1, in the first round of the WHL Eastern Conference playoffs.
D Tanner Faith - Kootenay (WHL):
Minnesota's fifth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft missed most of the season due to an upper-body injury suffered in December.D Dylan Labbe - Shawinigan (QMJHL):
The fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft for Minnesota ranks second on Shawinigan with four assists in three playoff games as the Cataractes leads Halifax, 2-1 in the first round. He also ranks T-1st amongst QMJHL defensemen in playoff assists and scoring and is T-3rd amongst league blue liners in goals and sixth in scoring. Labbe led team defensemen in scoring and goals during the regular season and set career-high seven-game point streak, totaling 13 points (6-7=13; 11/28-12/13).
C Pavel Jenys - Sudbury (OHL):
Minnesota's seventh-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft registered an assist for his first AHL point at Chicago (3/29). Jenys signed an ATO with Iowa March 24. He tallied 11 points (4-7=11) in the last 14 Wolves games. He led Sudbury in scoring, T-1st in assists and T-2nd in goals.C Chase Lang - Calgary (WHL):
The sixth-round pick for Minnesota in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has scored two goals in three playoff contests as Calgary leads Kootenay, 2-1, in the first round of the WHL playoffs. He ranked third on the Hitmen in goals and fourth in scoring. He set career-highs in goals, assists and points this season.
D Hunter Warner - Prince Albert (WHL):
The defensemen signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Minnesota is out for remainder of season due to shoulder surgery. He earned his first point in the WHL with an assist at Moose Jaw (10/15).College/USHL/High SchoolD Louis Belpedio - Miami University of Ohio (NCHC):
Minnesota's third-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft tallied an assist as Miami finished its season falling 7-5 to Providence in the first round of the NCAA (3/28). He recorded four points (2-2=4) and 10 shots in six games as Miami clinched the NCHC Championship (3/13-3/21). Belpedio ranked first amongst defenseman on the team in goals and second in scoring.
D Nolan De Jong - Michigan (Big Ten):
The Wild's seventh-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft saw Michigan ended its season falling to Minnesota 4-2 in the Big Ten Championship (3/21).F Grayson Downing - University of New Hampshire (Hockey East):
The forward signed two-year, entry-level contract with the Wild on March 24. Downing is playing with Iowa Wild on an ATO for remainder of this season. The Wildcats lost to Boston Univ. in the Hockey East Semifinals (3/20). He was ranked T-3rd in the league and T-13th in the NCAA in goals and led New Hampshire in goals, plus-minus, GWG and ranked second in scoring, power-play goals and shots this season. He posted season-high eight-game point streak, totaling 12 points (7-5=12) in that span (2/21-3/15). He also netted his third collegiate hat trick at Maine (3-1=4) (12/13). Downing was named Hockey East/Warrior Hockey Player of the Week twice (12/15 & 3/9).D John Draeger - Michigan State (Big Ten):
Minnesota's third-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Michigan State closed out its season with a 4-1 loss to Michigan in the Big Ten semifinals (3/20).
C Adam Gilmour - Boston College (Hockey East):
The Wild's fourth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Boston College fell 5-2 to Denver in the first round of the NCAA tournament (3/28). During his sophomore season, he set career-highs in goals, assists and points. He ranked second on the Eagles in power-play goals (5) and in scoring and ranked T-2nd in assists.
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (Hockey East):
The second-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft for Minnesota ranked T-3rd in the conference and T-10th in the NCAA in goals while ranking first on the Irish in goals and third in points. He recorded career-highs in goals and points during his third year at Notre Dame. Lucia was named Hockey East/ Warrior Player of the Month for October (11/4). Lucia netted his first collegiate hat trick vs. Lake Superior State (10/18).
LW Louis Nanne - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC):
Minnesota's seventh-round selection ranked T-2nd amongst team freshmen in assists and third in scoring and goals. He missed nine games this season with an upper-body injury (Nov. 18-Dec. 6; Dec. 30-Jan.3).D Zach Palmquist - Minnesota State (WCHA):
The defenseman signed an entry-level contract with the Wild on March 30 and will report to Iowa on a ATO for the remainder of the season. He served as an alternate captain and ranked T-4th on the Mavericks in scoring and third in assists during his senior season. He finished his four seasons at Minnesota State setting a record for consecutive games played with 160, didn’t miss a single game. Palmquist was named to the All-WCHA First Team and was a WCHA All-Academic selection.C Avery Peterson - Nebraska Omaha (NCHC):
The Wild's sixth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft Recorded two points (1-1=2) and two PIM in Omaha’s 4-1 win over Harvard in the first round of the NCAA tournament (3/28). The Mavericks will face Providence in the Frozen Four (4/9). Peterson ranks fourth on the team in goals and T-5th in scoring. He was named NCHC Rookie of the Month for January, totaling eight points in six games (5-3=8) (2/3). Peterson was named NCHC Rookie of the Week three times (11/10, 1/12 & 1/19). He scored his first collegiate goal against Hayden Stewart at Cornell (11/1).D Carson Soucy - Minnesota Duluth (NCHC):
Minnesota's fifth-round selection in 2013 NHL Entry Draft tallied a goal, six shots and a plus-2 rating as Minnesota-Duluth closed out its season with a 3-2 loss against Boston University in the second round of the NCAA tournament (3/28). He is ranked third amongst defensemen on the Bulldogs in scoring and second in goals.RW Alex Tuch - Boston College (Hockey East):
The Wild's first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft ranked T-5th in the conference in freshmen scoring. He led the Eagles in scoring and second in goals. Tuch was named to the 2014-15 Hockey East Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team (3/18) and was named Hockey East/Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week (2/16). He recorded two points (1-1=2) & 16 shots in five games for the U.S. during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (12/26-1/2).EuropeC Christoph Bertschy - SC Bern (Swiss):
Minnesota's sixth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft saw his team, SC Bern, be swept by HC Davos (4-0) in the second round of playoffs. He earned three points (1-2=3) in seven playoff contests with 14 shots on goal. Bertschy missed 10 games after suffering a lower-body injury (2/11). He ranked third on the team in shots (105) on goal, T-2nd in goals and fifth in points and has set career highs in goals, assists and points this season.D Pontus Sjalin - Leksand J20 (Super Elit):
The Wild's sixth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft led team defensemen in scoring and ranked T-4th in assists. He played two games with Leksand of the SHL (10/28-10/30).Goaltenders
Alexandre Belanger - Cape-Breton (QMJHL):
The Wild's seventh-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft has started all three of Cape-Breton’s playoff matches, going 1-1-0 with a 3.17 GAA and a .906 SV% as the Screaming Eagles lead Quebec, 2-1 in the first round. He missed nine games with a concussion suffered on Feb. 27…Posted a 6-6-0 record with a 3.32 GAA and a .894 SV% in 13 games with the Screaming Eagles. Belanger was traded to Cape-Breton from Nouyn-Noranda (1/5). He was named QMJHL’s third star of the week (12/15). He also earned a shutout in his second start of the season (10/2).Brody Hoffman - University of Vermont (Hockey East):
The goaltender signed entry-level contract with the Wild on March 30. He finished his junior season with the Catamounts, ranking second in the league (18th in the NCAA) in GAA, third in winning percentage and seventh in save percentage. Hoffman was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (3/16). He made 36 saves to earn his first shutout of the season against Boston College (3/15).
Kaapo Kahkonen - TUTO Turku (Mestis):
Minnesota's fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in seven postseason games, he owns a 2.24 GAA and a .926 SV% as TuTo leads KooKoo, 3-2 in the semifinal round. He scored an empty-net goal during TuTo’s 3-0 shutout win against KooKoo (3/28). Kahkonen led the league in games played, second in SV% and fourth in GAA during the regular season. He was Finland’s third goalie during the 2015 IIHF World Juniors. He was named Mestis Player of the Month for September. He is on loan to TUTO from Blues (Liiga).
Steve Michalek - Harvard (ECAC):
The Wild's sixth-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft saw Harvard closed out its season with a 4-1 loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Nebraska-Omaha (3/28). He was named ECAC Goaltender of the Month for March (4/1). He ranked second in the conference in saves, T-5th in SV% and ninth in GAA and led Harvard to the ECAC Championship title, winning six of the seven playoff games. During his senior season, he set a single-season record for the Crimson with 1,029 saves and his 21 wins was the second-most in a season for a goalie in team history. He was honored with Eberly Award as Beanpot’s top goalie after setting a Harvard & Beanpot record for most saves in a single game with 63 (2/3). He was also named ECAC’s Goaltender of the Month for November & ECAC’s Co-Goaltender of the Week (11/25). He earned his first shutout of the season at Rensselaer (11/7), second at Dartmouth (11/18) & third vs. Princeton (2/28).