Joel Eriksson Ek's NHL debut could come as soon as tonight when the Wild visits the New Jersey Devils (6 p.m. CT).
Eriksson Ek, held out of last night's Iowa game, was recalled today. To make room for Eriksson Ek from a salary-cap perspective, Mike Reilly was returned to Iowa.
It's uncertain as of now if Eriksson Ek, 19, is debuting tonight, although one would think so with center Erik Haula banged up and the Wild on the front end of a back-to-back.
We'll get Bruce Boudreau at 4:45 p.m. ET.
Last night, the Wild held Eriksson Ek out as insurance because if, say, the Wild needed a body to play tomorrow against the Islanders, that would have been three games in three nights for Eriksson Ek if he played back to back for Iowa.
But my guess is he's in tonight. If so, I'd also guess he's eased into the lineup on the fourth line with Jason Zucker and Teemu Pulkkinen and Zac Dalpe centers the third line with Nino Niederreiter and Chris Stewart or Jason Pominville.
Eriksson Ek, the Wild's first-round pick in the 2015 draft, scored his North American pro debut earlier this week against Grand Rapids. Pretty cool goal, as you can see below.
With Reilly gone, that would mean Jared Spurgeon's playing tonight or Nate Prosser is making his season debut after being scratched in the first four games.
My guess? Prosser's in.
I'll update the blog after we talk to Boudreau.