Haula was chosen by Finland in the final round of payer additions; Niederreiter was chosen by Team Europe, a collection of players from the European countries not represented in the upcoming international tournament.
Though it didn’t have the greater share of shots or shot-attempts, the Minnesota Wild finished in the top-third in the NHL in terms of shot-suppression in 2015-16, not allowing a high number of shots against.
The Wild played some of the lowest event hockey in the regular season, meaning, Minnesota and its opponents combined for a very low number of total shot-attempts on a game-by-game basis. The Wild averaged just over 105 total shot-attempts — for and against — per 60 minutes this season. That was the sixth-lowest in the NHL.
It's why, in spite of finishing in the bottom-third in team shot-attempts percentage, Minnesota still finished 10th in fewest shots against in the NHL.
Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula was named to Finland's World Cup of Hockey roster on Friday in the final round of player additions prior to the international tournament.
Haula had a career year for the Wild, establishing new highs in goals, assists and points.
Forward Zach Parise said he is pleased with how his rehab is going with his back, and he is still on schedule to play in the World Cup of Hockey in September.
"I'm happy with the way everything is going, and how everything is progressing," Parise said.
The decision was made to continue with his current regimen, and not undergo surgery, one that Parise said was the right call.
Deb Kostka has family in Canada, so she said she had been following the story surrounding the wild fires raging in Alberta for weeks.
"It really hits home," Kostka said.
Of all the Minnesota Wild's strengths and deficiencies during the 2015-16 season, there was perhaps no trend harder to explain than its lack of success in the new three-on-three overtime format.
The Wild lost 11 games that went past regulation this season, nine of which were decided in the three-on-three. Of the 10 games Minnesota played that were decided in overtime, it won once. That's a 414-point drop in winning percentage from the Wild's pace in games decided in regulation.
So something was amiss, but the answer isn't as simple as, the Wild played that much worse.
Minnesota Wild prospect Reid Duke scored, but the Brandon Wheat Kings lost their opening game at the Memorial Cup on Saturday, 5-3, against Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Duke, a sixth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, scoring 2:44 into the first period to give the Wheat Kings a 1-0 lead.
But the Huskies would score the next five goals though, and took a 5-1 lead into the third period.
Photo via Rob Wallator
Defenseman Matt Dumba and Canada defeated Finland on Sunday, 2-0, to win gold at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
Dumba had a shot on goal in 5:03 of ice time. Canada outshot Finland for the game 33-16. Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot stopped all 16 of Finland's shots.
Oilers forward Connor McDavid gave Canada a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. That score would stay that way for virtually the rest of the game, until Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene added an empty-net goal with less than a second remaining in regulation.
Finland fell behind 1-0 under three minutes into the first period when Sergei Shirokov scored on a rebound for Russia.
The score remained that way until just over five minutes into the second period, when Sebastian Aho scored on the power play to tie the game at 1-1. Granlund picked up the primary assist, his eighth of the tournament, second among all skaters. Granlund is now tied for second overall in the tournament with 12 points.
The Minnesota Wild is made up of hockey players from across the globe. One of those players and his family was personally affected by the forest fires in McMurray, Alberta. Now, he and his teammates are doing their part to help give back.
The Alberta forest fires, which began May 1, have displaced thousands of local residents, causing some to lose their homes and seek shelter. Over 80,000 evacuees have been registered in two-plus weeks.
Among those affected include the parents of Danielle Spurgeon, wife of Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon. Her parents lost their west Edmonton home in the fires.