| Wyatt Smith will have a chance to play for his hometown team on the Wild’s upcoming road trip out West. |
The Minnesota Wild will begin the road portion of its 2006-2007 schedule with two new faces on the roster. The club recalled forwards Matt Foy and Wyatt Smith from Houston of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Wednesday, one day before taking on the Los Angeles Kings in the first of a three-game road trip in California.
The moves were made to provide reinforcements to the squad following the loss of forwards Pascal Dupuis and Mattias Weinhandl. Dupuis suffered a sprained ligament in his left knee during the team’s 3-2 shootout win over Washington on Thursday night. Weinhandl is out indefinitely with a concussion resulting from a check from Columbus’ Manny Malhotra in the Wild’s 5-0 win.
Rather than pick from a crop of highly-touted rookies with the Aeros such as Roman Voloshenko or Benoit Pouliot, Wild general manager went with two players who saw time in the National Hockey League last season.
Foy spent 19 games with the Wild in 2005-06 and tallied five points (2-3=5) before being sent down to Houston. Smith, a native of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, played 42 games with the New York Islanders last season. At the time of their call-ups, Foy and Smith were tied atop the Houston scoring charts with four points apiece through five games. Smith was tied for the team lead with two goals, while Foy led the Aeros with three assists.