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James Sheppard
James Sheppard
Number: 51
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 25, 1988
Birthplace: Halifax, NS, Canada
Drafted: MIN / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (9th overall)
Has recorded 49 points (11-38=49) in 224 career NHL games for Minnesota... Set Wild single-season record for games played by a rookie with 78 in 2007-08 (Tied by Clutterbuck in 2008-09).


Posted six points (2-4=6) and 38 PIM In 64 games in his third season with Wild…Notched five points (2-3=5) in 12-game span (11/12-12/11)…Had assist in back-to-back games (11/20-11/25)… Registered five hits and fighting major vs. VAN (2/14)…Skated in 200th NHL game vs. DET (1/21)…Snapped 30-game streak without a goal at NSH (12/5)… Logged season-high 18:48 in ice time at VAN (10/17)… Missed one game with lower-body injury (4/10).

One of two players to appear in all 82 games (Miettinen), totaling 24 points (5-19=24) and 41 PIM…Posted eight points (1-7=8) in season’s final 11 games, with Wild going 7-3-1…Tied career high with two assists vs. NSH (4/10)…Registered three-game point streak (1-2=3, 3/26-3/29) to tie career high…Tallied goal and +2 at CGY (3/28)…Registered assist and career-high +3 at ANA (3/8)…Tied career-high with two assists and points vs. OTT (2/14)…Logged career-high 20:07 of ice time at STL (12/20)…Notched three shots and five hits in 19:16 of ice time at PHX (12/11)…Tallied goal and assist vs. TB (11/28)…Snapped 47-game goal drought with GWG vs. WSH (11/24)…Collected first point of season (assist) vs. MTL (10/30).

Compiled 19 points (5-14=19) while skating in Wild rookie record 78 games...Wild went 3-0-1 when Sheppard scored a goal...Made NHL debut vs. EDM (10/10)...Collected first NHL point (assist) at CGY (10/24)...Tallied first NHL goal at EDM (10/25)...Skated 15:28 at COL (11/11)...Notched first career two-point game (two assists) vs. COL (11/18)...Scored first goal in 14 games – andadded assist – vs. PHX (11/28)...Tied career-high with two assists at DET (1/10)...Scored first career GWG vs. PHX (1/13)...Collected four points (1-3=4) during three-game point streak (1/10-1/13)...Recorded season-high five shots on goal in 11:32 of ice-time at CHI (2/20)...Played season-high 17:28 at ATL (3/7)...Skated in 76 straight games (10/10-3/26)…Appeared in 77th game vs. COL (3/30) to establish franchise record for games played by rookie (76, Dupuis 2001-02)...Was even or plus in season’s final 13 games...Appeared in all six games against Colorado in his first trip to the NHL playoffs collecting an assist and four PIM...Made NHL playoff debut in Game 1 vs. COL (4/9)...Collected first point, an assist, and was plus-1 in Game 5 vs. COL (4/17).

Generated 96 points (33-63=96) in 56 games for Cape Breton (QMJHL), despite being sidelined for first 12 games of season with an injury...Racked up 27 points (9-18=27) in final 15 regular season games...Registered 20 points (8-12=20) in 16 playoff contests...Named a 2007 QMJHL Second Team All-Star.

Tallied 84 points (30-54=84) and 78 PIM for Cape Breton...Ranked second on the team in points (84) and first in assists (54)...Was selected to the QMJHL All-Star Team for the 2005-06 Canadian/Russian Challenge.


Recorded 45 points (14-31=45) and 40 PIM as a Cape Breton rookie in 2004-05...No. 9 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting Service final rankings.

Played for Team Canada at the 2005 Under 18 Junior World Cup.

Selected by Minnesota in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
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