Wild Prospects Report - April 2
Iowa Wild 2013-14 Record: 26-31-6-4, 62 points, Fifth Place in Midwest Division
The Iowa Wild, Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, continued the season with four games last week. The Wild suffered a 2-1 loss against the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday. LW Kris Foucault netted Iowa’s goal while LW Brett Bulmer and C Zack Phillips each tallied an assist. G Johan Gustafsson stopped 27-of-29 shots in the loss. The Checkers won the second match with a 7-0 shutout win Wednesday, with G John Curry making 28 saves. Iowa earned a 2-1 shootout victory Saturday against the Toronto Marlies. LW Jamie MacQueen scored for the Wild and C Carson McMillan earned the shootout winner. Gustafsson stopped 38-of-39 shots and all four shootout attempts. The Wild lost its final match of the week, 3-2, at Utica Sunday. LW Brad Winchester led Iowa with two points (1-1=2) and F Tyler Graovac also scored. Gustafsson made 21 saves in the defeat. Winchester leads the Wild with 35 points (19-16=35) this season. Phillips ranks second with 30 points (11- 19=30). Gustafsson is 12-17-2 with a 2.88 GAA, a .908 SV% and one shutout in 35 games. Curry is 7-9-2 with a 2.62 GAA, .920 SV% and one shutout in 19 games. The Wild continues its five-game road trip visiting Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Milwaukee on Friday and Chicago on Sunday.
CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUES
C Brady Brassart - Calgary (WHL): Signed an ATO with Iowa (4/1). Ranked T-5th in WHL in playoff scoring (3-6=9) in six games as Calgary lost 4-2 in the opening round of the WHL playoffs. Ranked T-15th in the league in scoring (35-50=85) and T-19th in goals (35). Ranked first in power-play goals (11), T-1st on Calgary in points (85) and in assists (50), T-2nd in goals and third in PIM (94) through regular season.
D Matt Dumba - Portland (WHL): The Wild’s first-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft tallied four assists in four playoff games as Portland moves to the second round against Victoria on Friday.
RW Kurtis Gabriel - Owen Sound (OHL): The Wild’s third-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft signed an ATO with Iowa (4/1). Recorded assist in five playoff contests as Owen Sound ends its season after a 4-1 series loss to Sault Ste. Marie in the first round of the OHL playoffs. The assistant captain ranked first on the team in assists (35), tied for first in PIM (99) and tied for second in scoring (16-35=51) during the regular season.
D Dylan Labbe - Shawinigan (QMJHL): Minnesota’s fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft joined the Iowa Wild March 29, recording two shots on goal.
RW Zack Mitchell - Guelph (OHL): Ranks first on Guelph and T-7th in the OHL in playoff scoring with eight points (2-6=8) in five games as the Storm move to the semifinals against London Knights on Friday. Finished T-3rd in OHL in plus-minus (plus-52), T-9th in game-winning goals (7), T-14th in assists (52) and T-19th in scoring (31-42=83) during the regular season. Ranked T-2nd on Guelph in assists, plus-minus and fifth in goals (31).
D Nolan De Jong - Michigan (Big Ten): The Wild’s seventh-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and Michigan suffered a 2-1 double overtime loss against Penn State in the Big Ten Quarterfinal round (3/20) to end their season.
D John Draeger - Michigan State (Big Ten): The Wild’s third-round selection in the 2012 Entry Draft tand Michigan State ended its season with a 2-1 overtime loss versus Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament (3/20).C Christian Folin - UMass Lowell (Hockey East): Signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Minnesota (3/31). Sophomore season ended with a 4-3 loss to Boston College in the NCAA quarterfinals. Helped the River Hawks win the Hockey East tournament. Led all River Hawks defensemen and ranked fourth on the team with 20 points.
C Adam Gilmour - Boston College (Hockey East): The Wild’s fourth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and the Eagles won the NCAA quarterfinal round vs. UMass Lowell as Boston College moves to the Frozen Four semifinals against Union April 10. Boston College is 20-3-2 in its last 25 games. Ranks T-4th on team in PPG (4) and fourth in GWG (3).
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (Hockey East): The Wild’s second-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft recorded assist as Notre Dame fell 4-3 in overtime to St. Cloud State in the NCAA West Regional Semifinal (3/29) to end its season. Ranked T-2nd in power-play scoring (7-5=12) and fourth on the Irish in points (16-15=31).
LW Louis Nanne - Sioux Falls (USHL): Minnesota’s seventh-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft recorded two shots as Sioux Falls went 0-1-1 in two games last week.
D Gustav Olofsson - Colorado College (NCHC): The Wild’s second-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft signed three-year entry level contract with Minnesota beginning in the 2014-15 season (3/24).
C Avery Peterson - Grand Rapids (High School): Minnesota's sixth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft has earned 11 points (3-8=11) in 13 games with Sioux City since end of high school season.
D Nick Seeler - Nebraska Omaha (NCHC): The Wild’s fifth-round selection in 2011 NHL Entry Draft recorded four PIM as Nebraska Omaha went 1-2-0 in the quarterfinal round of the NCHC tournament against Denver. The Mavericks end their season 17-18-2. Named to the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team (3/11). One of four players on the team to net a short handed goal this season and ranked second in PIM (61).
D Carson Soucy - Minnesota Duluth (NCHC): Minnesota’s fifth-round selection in 2013 NHL Entry Draft and Minnesota Duluth ends their season after losing both quarterfinal games against Western Michigan last weekend. The Bulldogs went 16-16-4 overall. Ranked second in PIM (60) and fourth amongst defensemen in scoring (0-6=6).
C Christoph Bertschy - SC Bern (Swiss): The Wild’s sixth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft tallied two assists in six playoff games.
D Daniel Gunnarsson - Lulea HF (Sweden): Minnesota’s fifth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ranked fourth on the team in playoff scoring with three points (1-2=3) in five games as Lulea’s season ends with a 4-2 series loss in the quarterfinal round. Ranked second amongst defensemen and ranked T-6th on the team in assists (11) and T-9th in scoring (3-11=14).
Alexandre Belanger - Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL): The Wild’s seventh-round selection in this summer’s 2013 NHL Entry Draft ranks T-4th in playoff wins and seventh in GAA in QMJHL. Belanger is 4-1-0 with a 3.26 GAA and a .871 SV% in five games as Rouyn-Noranda faces Baie-Comeau in the second round. Ranked T-7th in QMJHL in wins (28) and 13th in GAA (3.23).
Steve Michalek - Harvard (ECAC): Minnesota’s sixth-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and Harvard lost both its matchups over the weekend at Yale in the first round of the ECAC Championship tournament. The Crimson end their season 10-17-4 overall. Earned two shutouts in three starts as Harvard beat Dartmouth, 3-0 (2/7) and Clarkson, 1-0 (2/14).