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The draft is just a month away. What will you do that weekend along with the hockey? (2013 NHL Draft / File Photo)

NHL Draft: Why Ian McCoshen’s First-Round Worthy

Ian McCoshen has been impressive in his third USHL season, but is it enough to make him a legitimate first round NHL draft pick in June?

by · February 9, 2013 · 1 comment · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects, USHL
Thomas Vanek and the rest of the Sabres realize the situation they are in. (Jerome Davis/Icon SMI)

USHL Alum Thomas Vanek Leading NHL in Scoring

Just seven games into the NHL regular season, Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek is turning heads…again. It’s nothing he’s not used to as he is unquestionably the Sabres’ top gun. Vanek, who […]

by · February 1, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Buffalo Sabres, USHL
Jim Naprstek / Dubuque Fighting Saints

USHL Top Prospects Shining

Every year, all anyone hears about are the top prospects eligible for the next NHL Entry Draft playing in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) or in Europe. The United States […]

by · January 24, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
Cal Clutterbuck remains an integral part of the Wild's checking line (Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

Has Cal Clutterbuck Become Expendable?

After a very active offseason in free agency, Minnesota’s top two offensive lines look as deadly as any in the NHL. With the top six looking set, the Wild has […]

by · January 14, 2013 · 2 comments · Minnesota Wild
Mathew Dumba (Darren Aucoin/Flickr)

The Great Debate: Jonas Brodin or Mathew Dumba, Who’s Better?

Ask any Wild fan who their top prospect is and every one of them will say Mikael Granlund without any hesitation. However, throw in the word “defensive” between “top” and […]

by · January 11, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Minnesota Wild, Prospects
What will be the lingering effects of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise? (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Game On, Minnesota: Time for a Wild Training Camp!

It was announced in the early hours of Sunday morning that the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association reached a deal agreeing on the framework of a new […]

by · January 6, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild Prospect Mario Lucia’s Headed to Russia

Minnesota Wild Prospect Mario Lucia’s Headed to Russia

Minnesota Wild prospects Mathew Dumba and Tyler Graovac may not be participating in the 2013 WJHC, but 2011 second-rounder Mario Lucia is.

by · December 23, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · International Hockey, Minnesota Wild, Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship
Mathew Dumba (Darren Aucoin/Flickr)

Matt Dumba Cut From 2013 WJHC Roster

Tonight, Team Canada trimmed their roster down to the 23 players needed for the Ufa, Russia tournament to be held later this month. Amongst the final cuts was goaltender Laurent […]

by · December 13, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · International Hockey, Minnesota Wild, Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship
Potential top ten NHL Draft pick Mathew Dumba showing off his Bardown apparel.

Team Canada Makes First Cuts, Wild Prospect Eliminated

It was officially announced on Wednesday night that 2011 Minnesota Wild 7th round pick Tyler Graovac was among the first cuts from Team Canada’s U-20 WJHC roster. The Ottawa 67’s […]

by · December 12, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · International Hockey, Minnesota Wild, World Junior Hockey Championship
(Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE)

More Minnesota Wild Prospects Eligible for the 2013 WJHC

A week and a half ago, I started a two-part article about the Minnesota Wild prospects eligible for the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship. After the bombshell of Wild goaltender […]

by · December 9, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · International Hockey, Minnesota Wild, Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship
Josh Harding has been the biggest surprise of the season in between the pipes. (Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE)

Reasons Why Minnesota Will Win the Next Stanley Cup

It’s been a rough couple of days for Wild fans. For those of you who don’t know, Minnesota Wild backstopper Josh Harding, drafted 38th overall in 2002, has been diagnosed […]

by · November 30, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Minnesota Wild
Mathew Dumba (Darren Aucoin/Flickr)

Minnesota Wild Prospects Eligible for the 2013 WJHC

Ah, the holidays; a time for relaxing and cherishing the time you spend with friends, family and loved ones in general. It’s also time to sit back and watch some […]

by · November 27, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, International Hockey, Minnesota Wild, OHL, Prospects, QMJHL, WHL, World Junior Hockey Championship