Iowa Wild 2014-15 Record: 22-44-2-2, 48 points, Fifth Place in West Division
The Iowa Wild, Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, split its two games last week. Iowa defeated the Rochester Americans 6-0 on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena (4/3). D Joel Chouinard (2-0=2) and F Michael Keranen (0-2=2) led with two points each. F Tyler Graovac, F Jared Knight, F Brady Brassart and D Stu Bickel each tallied a goal. G John Curry made all 22 saves to record his first shutout of the season. The Wild suffered a 6-4 loss to the Stars on Tuesday in Des Moines (4/7). Knight (1-1=2) and Chouinard (0-2=2) registered two points apiece while D Jonathon Blum, F Stephane Veilleux and F Brett Sutter netted a goal each. Curry stopped 31-of-36 shots. Blum was named the team’s winner for the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the Des Moines community this season (4/2). Graovac leads the Wild in scoring with 45 points (21-24=45) in 67 games. Keranen ranks second with 36 points (9-27=36) and Blum (10-23=33) ranks third with 33 points. F Zack Mitchell ranks T-15th in the AHL amongst rookies in goals. Curry is 12-20-2 with a 2.74 GAA, a .915 SV% and one shutout in 37 games. G Johan Gustafsson is 8-20-1 with a 3.41 GAA and a .895 SV% in 33 games. Iowa hosts Rockford (Thurs.) and Oklahoma City (Fri.) before traveling to Chicago (Sun.) this week.
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 five playoff contests as the Wheat Kings defeated Edmonton, 4-1, in the first round and will face Regina in the second 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 recorded eight points (1-7=8) in seven playoff contests, ranking first in PIM (15) and second on the team in scoring and in assists as Shawinigan fell to Halifax, 4-3 in the first round and ranks third amongst QMJHL defensemen in playoff assists and scoring.
C Pavel Jenys - Sudbury (OHL): Minnesota's seventh-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft owns three assists, a plus-3 rating and 12 shots in four games with Iowa. C Chase Lang - Calgary (WHL): The sixth-round pick for Minnesota in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has tallied four points (3-1=4), a plus-5 rating and four PIM in seven playoff contests as Calgary advances to the second round of the WHL playoffs against Medicine Hat.
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).
D 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) and recorded four points (2-2=4) and 10 shots in six games as Miami clinched the NCHC Championship (3/13-3/21).
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. He is playing with Iowa Wild on an ATO for remainder of this season and tallied an assist for his first AHL point vs. Texas (4/7).
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 second in the league and T-10th in the NCAA in goals while ranking first on the Irish in goals and third in points and recorded career-highs in goals and points during his third year at Notre Dame.
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 is playing with Iowa on a ATO for the remainder of the season and has posted an assist, a plus-2 rating and three shots in two games. 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). He ranks fourth on the team in goals and T-5th in scoring.
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 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).
C 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 played in six of Cape-Breton’s playoff matches (five starts), going 2-2-0 with a 3.91 GAA and a .896 SV% as the Screaming Eagles were eliminated by Quebec, 4-3 in the first round. He missed nine games with a concussion suffered on Feb. 27. He posted a 6-6-0 record with a 3.32 GAA and a .894 SV% in 13 games with the Screaming Eagles.
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 13 postseason games, he owns a 1.95 GAA and a .934 SV% as TuTo fell to KooKoo, 4-3 in the semifinal round. TuTo will face Calk in the Bronze Match (4/8). He leads the league in games played and fourth in GAA and SV% amongst goalies with five playoff games played. He netted his second empty-net goal in an exhibition game with the national under-20 team (4/7). He scored first 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 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).