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Wild announces Development Camp roster, scrimmages at the X

The Wild's annual summer Development Camp begins Thursday and lasts until July 14 at Xcel Energy Center. The camp is for unsigned draft choices, any player on an entry-level contract with less than 120 NHL games played (no more than 70 games the previous season), draft-related unrestricted free agents, undrafted draft-eligible players from the preceding draft and non-entry level players who finished the preceding season injured or unfit to play.

This year’s Development Camp will feature two scrimmages that are free and open to the public at Xcel Energy Center. Open scrimmages (30-minute running time halves) will occur on Saturday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. Gate 1 will open at 2 p.m. on July 11 and at 6 p.m. on July 14.

The Wild has invited 46 players, including 23 draft picks. Some players scheduled to attend include Brady Brassart, Brody Hoffman, Mario Lucia, Zack Mitchell, Zach Palmquist, Avery Peterson, Mike Reilly and Alex Tuch, along with six players selected in the 2015 draft.

Draft pick Kirill Kaprizov is not coming. He and most of the Russian players elsewhere are already training with their pro teams. He’ll be coming to Calgary with the Russian U-20 team for exhibition games vs. Canada early next month. 

Some interesting invitees: The Gophers' Sam Warning, goalie Charlie Lindgren from St. Cloud State, Saskatoon native Ryan Graham, a forward who made it to main camp last year but was diagnosed with mono and couldn't take part and Warroad's Jared Bethune, who plays in the Western Hockey League.

Iowa Wild Head Coach John Torchetti, Minnesota Wild Director of Player Development Brad Bombardir, Player Development Coach Richard Park and Skating Skills Coach Andy Ness will lead the on-ice sessions.

I will be filling in for Paul Allen on KFAN (100.3-FM) Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-noon. My guests Tuesday include Wild first-round pick Alex Tuch, Wild assistant GM Brent Flahr and Trampled by Turtles lead singer Dave Simonett during the entire second hour live and in-studio.

More guests, too. I believe Richard Park and another prospect will be joining me Wednesday.

I'll be back later with another blog, most likely. I am also doing a podcast today with columnist Jim Souhan that I'll post and tweet out later.

Here is the development camp roster (if this is tough to read, click here or go to wild.com):

MINNESOTA WILD DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER

FORWARDS (25) HT WT SHOOTS BORN BIRTHPLACE 2014-15 TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM ACQ
24 Joel Eriksson Ek 6-2 190 Left 1/29/97 Karlstad, Sweden Farjestad Sweden 34 4 2 6 4 EN/15
27 Jordan Greenway 6-5 222 Left 2/16/97 Canton, New York USNTDP USHL 44 8 29 37 42 EN/15
31 Logan Nelson 6-1 186 Right 9/9/93 Rogers, Minnesota Quad City ECHL 43 16 12 28 29 TRYOUT
37 Jared Bethune 6-0 174 Left 1/20/97 Warroad, Minnesota Prince George WHL 61 6 14 20 39 TRYOUT
41 Collin Valcourt 6-2 216 Right 3/18/93 Red Deer, Alberta Hradec Kralove Czech 29 2 2 4 54 TRYOUT
42 Ryan Graham 6-1 202 Left 5/6/96 Calgary, Alberta Saskatoon WHL 54 20 15 35 46 TRYOUT
43 Mario Lucia 6-3 205 Left 8/25/93 Fairbanks, Alaska Notre Dame CCHA 42 21 11 32 22 EN/11
48 Jack Walker 5-9 170 Right 7/30/96 Edina, Minnesota Victoria WHL 70 18 37 55 65 TRYOUT
51 Andrew Black 6-1 190 Right 11/11/92 Buffalo, New York Colgate University ECAC 23 2 4 6 2 TRYOUT
52 Alex Tuch 6-4 221 Right 5/10/96 Baldwinsville, New York Boston College HE 37 14 14 28 28 EN/14
58 Grayson Downing 6-0 200 Left 4/18/92 Abbottsford, British Columbia U. New Hampshire HE 38 21 15 36 18 FA/15
59 Zack Mitchell 6-0 190 Right 1/7/93 Caledon, Ontario Iowa AHL 76 17 18 35 12 FA/14
61 Robin Hoglund 6-3 205 Left 6/11/93 Molndal, Sweden U. Minnesota Big Ten 5 0 0 0 4 TRYOUT
62 Brady Brassart 6-1 200 Right 6/15/93 Vernon, British Columbia Iowa AHL 72 8 13 21 22 FA/14
63 Kurtis Gabriel 6-4 214 Right 4/20/93 New Market, Ontario Iowa AHL 67 7 9 16 125 EN/13
67 Louis Nanne 5-11 180 Left 6/18/94 Edina, Minnesota RPI ECAC 31 5 5 10 12 EN/12
70 Brad McClure 5-11 175 Right 8/13/93 Stratford, Ontario Minnesota State WCHA 39 15 14 29 10 TRYOUT
72 Carter Rigby 6-0 220 Left 2/20/94 Penticton, British Columbia Kelowna/Swift Current WHL 62 18 28 46 91 TRYOUT
74 Robert Rooba 6-3 198 Left 9/2/93 Tallinn, Finland Espoo Finland 48 5 3 8 6 TRYOUT
75 Reid Duke 6-0 199 Right 1/28/96 Calgary, Alberta Brandon WHL 52 20 31 51 66 EN/14
76 Chase Lang 6-1 182 Right 9/13/96 Nanaimo, British Columbia Calgary WHL 63 25 31 56 61 EN/14
77 Sam Warning 5-10 180 Left 9/29/92 Chesterfield, Missouri U. Minnesota Big Ten 39 12 12 24 30 TRYOUT
81 Pavel Jenys 6-3 190 Left 4/2/96 Brno, Czech Republic Sudbury OHL 63 15 30 45 45 EN/14
82 Michael Vecchione 5-10 195 Right 2/25/93 Saugus, Massachusetts Union College ECAC 39 19 31 50 18 TRYOUT
83 Avery Peterson 6-3 200 Left 6/20/95 Grand Rapids, Minnesota Nebraska Omaha NCHC 39 11 10 21 18 EN/13

DEFENSEMEN (16) HT WT SHOOTS BORN BIRTHPLACE 2014-15 TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM ACQ
4 Mike Reilly 6-1 182 Left 7/13/93 Chicago, Illinois U. Minnesota Big Ten 42 6 36 42 44 FA/15
23 Gustav Olofsson 6-3 194 Left 12/1/94 Boras, Sweden Iowa AHL 1 0 0 0 0 EN/13
34 Guillaume Gelinas 5-10 185 Left 6/14/93 Quebec City, Quebec Iowa AHL 37 2 2 4 22 FA/14
44 Nicholas Boka 6-0 197 Right 9/8/97 Commerce, Michigan USNTDP USHL 45 4 3 7 86 EN/15
45 Gustav Bouramman 5-11 184 Right 1/24/97 Stockholm, Sweden Sault Ste. Marie OHL 67 5 39 44 14 EN/15
47 Pontus Sjalin 6-0 168 Left 6/12/96 Ostersund, Sweden Leksands U20 Sweden 37 3 16 19 18 EN/14
57 Nolan De Jong 6-2 188 Right 4/25/95 Victoria, British Columbia U. Michigan Big Ten 23 0 9 9 14 EN/13
60 Carson Soucy 6-5 200 Left 7/27/94 Viking, Alberta Minnesota Duluth NCHC 40 6 8 14 40 EN/13
65 Ori Abramson 6-3 210 Right 8/14/93 Toronto, Ontario U. Vermont HE 19 0 1 1 20 TRYOUT
68 Alex Gudbranson 6-2 205 Right 9/3/94 Orleans, Ontario Iowa AHL 46 1 3 4 17 FA/14
71 Zach Palmquist 5-11 175 Left 12/9/90 South St. Paul, Minnesota Minnesota State WCHA 40 8 21 29 20 FA/15
73 Tanner Faith 6-4 214 Right 10/5/95 Terrace, British Columbia Kootenay WHL 19 1 5 6 29 EN/14
78 Dylan Labbe 6-2 186 Left 1/19/95 St. George, Quebec Shawinigan QMJHL 63 15 36 51 43 EN/13
79 Hunter Warner 6-2 202 Right 9/21/95 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Prince Albert WHL 24 0 3 3 25 FA/14
80 Louie Belpedio 5-10 194 Right 5/14/96 Skokie, Illinois U. Miami (Ohio) NCHC 40 6 13 19 28 EN/14
96 Jack Sadek 6-2 185 Right 4/19/97 Lakeville, Minnesota Lakeville H.S. 25 5 20 25 36 EN/15


GOALTENDERS (5) HT WT CATCHES BORN BIRTHPLACE 2014-15 TEAM LGE GPI W-L-OT SO GAA SV% ACQ
84 Brody Hoffman 6-4 195 Left 2/18/91 Wilkie, Saskatchewan U. Vermont HE 22 13-6-2 1 2.06 .922 FA/15
85 Charlie Lindgren 6-2 190 Right 12/18/93 Lakeville, Minnesota St. Cloud State NCHC 38 19-18-1 2 2.26 .919 TRYOUT
86 Ales Stezka 6-3 178 Left 1/6/97 Liberec, Czech Republic Liberec Jr. Czech 27 -- 1 2.74 .913 EN/15
87 Stephen Michalek 6-2 196 Left 8/6/93 Hartford, Connecticut Harvard ECAC 37 21-13-3 3 2.28 .924 EN/11
89 Kaapo Kahkonen 6-1 209 Left 8/16/96 Helsinki, Finland TUTO Turku Div1 Finland 47 -- -- 2.11 .925 EN/14

Haula files for arbitration; Columbus player fires Twitter darts at Reilly

Unsigned Wild center and restricted free agent Erik Haula filed for salary arbitration in advance of Sunday’s 4 p.m. CT deadline. The majority of players who file for arbitration annually end up settling with their teams before the arbitration hearing, which will be scheduled for later this month (see Justin Fontaine last year).

Arbitration is a normal process in the collective bargaining agreement. While it can be a contentious process if two sides actually end up presenting their cases in front of a neutral arbitrator, the one good thing about arbitration is it guarantees a solution.

In other words, without a shadow of a doubt now, a contract between Haula and the Wild will be complete 48 hours after the hearing (if there ever is one), or well before training camp. In other words, there is no risk now of a contract dispute like Darcy Kuemper had with the Wild until the eve of training camp last September.

Haula had a tough 2014-15 season, scoring seven goals and seven assists in 72 games with a minus-7 and being stuck in coach Mike Yeo’s doghouse for much of his sophomore year. He was scratched in eight of 10 playoff games, scoring once in two games. Haula was one of the Wild’s best penalty killers, however, being on the ice for seven power-play goals against in 153 minutes, 47 seconds of shorthanded ice time (second among Wild forwards behind now-departed Kyle Brodziak). The Wild had the NHL’s top-ranked PK.

If a contract isn’t settled between the Wild and Haula, the two sides will exchange briefs 48 hours before the scheduled hearing. The Wild will elect whether or not Haula would be awarded a one- or two-year contract. Each side will also attach a salary figure it believes Haula deserves. The arbitrator then decides the salary with the term the Wild chooses.

Again, even if the sides get to the point where it exchanges briefs, the Wild and Haula can settle on a contract right up until the hearing. That happened one year with Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

Even if the Wild elect a one- or two-year term in arbitration, the team can negotiate a contract of any term with Haula’s agent and settle beforehand.

By Haula filing for arbitration, this does potentially open up a second buyout window for the Wild. This would not seem to affect Niklas Backstrom though because according to Backstrom’s recently-hired new agent, Jay Grossman (who coincidentally happens to be Haula’s agent), Backstrom isn’t expected to be medically cleared from elbow surgery until at least training camp.

Christian Folin and Jon Blum also remain unsigned as of now. Folin’s one of those weird Group 1 free agents where he’s not really free. He can’t go to another team and the Wild holds exclusive rights.

Blum also has arbitration rights and can file by 4 p.m. My guess is he won’t and will be traded at some point to give the defenseman and good citizen a fresh start in another organization.

In other news, Brandon Dubinsky showed some holiday spirit in the wee hours of this morning with a couple tweets, one to Wild defenseman Mike Reilly, who became a free agent by not signing with the team that drafted him, Dubinsky’s Blue Jackets. This will be a story line next season because Jackets star Ryan Johansen also tweeted June 17, “We didn’t want him anyway.”

One of Dubinsky’s 2 a.m. tweets, a response to a Wild fan asking if he has ever heard of the playoffs, was particularly well-crafted.

I'll toss a screen capture of his predictably deleted tweets up later, but the one aimed at Reilly said, "Final thought of the holiday.....Mike Reilly made a tough choice ... #werenotincollege #burntbridges #CBJ>MNW #werule #gophers[stink]"

Uh, except Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, of course!

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