The Minnesota Wild has recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) with goaltender Niklas Backstrom day-to-day after suffering a knee injury Tuesday in Nashville.
Kuemper appeared in two preseason games with the Wild this year and stopped all 18 shots faced in 47:12 of action. The 23-year-old went 1-2-0 with a 2.08 goals-against-average (GAA) and a .916 save percentage (SV%)in six regular season games (three starts) with Minnesota last season. He made his NHL debut Feb. 12 at Vancouver and stopped 29-of-31 shots in a 3-2 win against Detroit on Feb. 17 to record his first career NHL victory. Kuemper appeared in two NHL playoff games in relief and stopped 29-of-33 shots faced for a 3.29 GAA and a .879 SV%.
He went 13-8-0 with a 1.88 GAA, a .934 SV% and four shutouts in 21 regular season games with the Houston Aeros (AHL) and 1-1 in two playoff starts stopping 67-of-70 shots faced for a 1.51 GAA, a .957 SV% and one shutout. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound native of Saskatoon, Sask., was the Wild’s sixth-round selection (No. 161 overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He wears No. 35 for Minnesota.