| Tommy Thompson weighs in on the spirits of the Wild prospects after falling to 0-3 at the Prospects Tournament. |
The wins have been tough to come by for the Minnesota Wild prospects at the 2006 NHL Centre I.C.E. Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. The Wild wrapped up preliminary play by dropping its third straight, a 6-3 decision to the St. Louis Blues. Minnesota will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in tomorrow’s seventh place game.
Minnesota finally mustered some offense on Monday night, getting three goals including one each from Cal Clutterbuck, Peter Olvecky and Morten Madsen. Madsen and Clutterbuck also recorded assists in the game as did Shawn Belle, Benoit Pouliot, Roman Voloshenko and James Sheppard.
Kristofer Westblom made his second consecutive start between the pipes and gave up five goals.
Wild Assistant General Manager Tom Thompson had trouble pinpointing the exact problem with the Wild, saying the team has dominated at times, but hasn’t been able to pull away from anybody.
Well, we’ll let him tell you in the next edition of "Tommy’s Take."
We lost again in what was basically a 5-3 game. St. Louis scored an empty net goal with one second left to make it 6-3. Cal Clutterbuck scored our first goal on a very nice pass from Morten Madsen and we had a 1-0 lead, our first lead of the tournament.
Madsen has really made a strong showing these past three games. He’s obviously going to have to make an adjustment to the North American game. If he can, he could be a pretty good player for us down the road.
We’ll have to wait until after the game tomorrow to make some decisions on which players at this tournament will be invited to camp, which begins on Friday. There are certainly some decisions to make but they are not finalized at this point.
I think they guys are frustrated with how things have gone. We were leading 1-0 tonight and taking it to them and they took a couple penalties. Then, maybe our best player all tournament, Clayton Stoner, overskates the puck and they get it and take it in for a goal. That was late in the first and then they got a weak goal with about 12 seconds left, and we’re down 2-1 in a period we dominated.
So it’s been frustrating that way, but the guys have been working hard and they’re trying to get an invite to training camp. They have an objective in their mind.