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The Wild hope Rossi will progress in his development

After the 2022 NHL Draft, the opening of the free agent market and several staff moves during the offseason, NHL.com is profiling the various teams for the 2022-23 season, which begins on October 7. Today, the Minnesota Wild.

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Record in 2021-22: 53-22-7, second in the Central section; eliminated in the first round of the playoffs

Best striker : Kirill Kaprizov (47)
Best passer: Kaprizov (61)
Top scorer: Kaprizov (108)

The arrivals

Filip Gustavsson (G)

Gustavsson was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators for the goaltender Cam Talbot July 12. Gustavsson, 24, was 5-12-1 with a 3.55 goals-against average and .892 save percentage in 18 games last season. He also went 11-6-1 with a 2.50 GAA and .915 save percentage in 20 games with the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Departures

Kevin Fiala (HAS)
• RAdm Talbot (G)

Fiala was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on June 29 for 2022 No. 19 draft pick (forward Liam Ohgren) and defensive prospect Brock Faber. Fiala had 85 points (33 goals, 42 assists) in 82 games last season.

Talbot was 32-12-4 with a 2.77 GAA, .911 save percentage and three shutouts in 49 games last season.

They knock on the door

• Marco Rossi (A)
• Liam Ohgren (A)
• Calen Addison (D)

Rossi, a 20-year-old center, made his NHL debut last season, shooting five times in two games. He tied for first with the Iowa Wild, Minnesota’s AHL farm, with 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists) in 63 games. Rossi is expected to enter the next NHL season and fill a void in the top-6 following the Fiala trade.

The 19th pick in the 2022 draft, Ohgren signed a three-year rookie contract on July 16. The 18-year-old forward had 58 points (33 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-41 differential in 30 games with Djurgarden, Sweden’s junior team, before registering two points (a goal, one assist) with the senior team in the Swedish Elite League (SHL), the country’s top professional league. He could return to Sweden for another development season or play in the AHL.

Addison, 22, had four points (two goals, two assists) in 15 games with Minnesota, and 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) in 43 AHL games.

Video: OTT@MIN: Addison scores his first NHL goal

Needs

A true first-line center. ryan hartman established some first-line chemistry last season between Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello. He scored 34 goals, having never crossed the 20-goal mark before in his first seven NHL seasons. Joel Eriksson Ek brings a reliable defensive presence and set NHL career highs with 26 goals and 49 points last season. The Wild don’t have a real playmaker in the center, however. He hopes Rossi will become that player, but at age 20 and with only two games of NHL experience, Rossi isn’t quite there yet.

what they said

“It will be great to get to camp and start with everyone. The team hasn’t changed much, so it will be nice to know everyone already rather than starting from scratch. I already know the guys, so it will be easier to start. We have a good team here in Minnesota, and I think we’ll have another great season. » — Goaltender Marc-André Fleury, who signed a two-year contract on July 7 to stay with the Wild rather than become a free agent

Planned training 2022-23

Kirill Kaprizov — Ryan Hartman — Mats Zuccarello
Jordan Greenway –Joel Eriksson Ek– Marcus Foligno
Matt BoldyFrederick GaudreauTyson Jost
Brandon Duhaime — Marco Rossi — Connor Dewar

Jacob MiddletonJared Spurgeon
Jonas BrodinMatt Dumba
Alex GoligoskiDmitry Kulikov

Marc-Andre Fleury
Filip Gustavsson

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