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Continued: Niederreiter has talent to make Wild roster, but no guarantee

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 18, 2013 - 6:25 AM

“He is top-notch, top-shelf as far as character and attitude,” Johnston said. “His teammates will love him. He always has a smile on his face, he’s always upbeat, he’s got energy, loves to play the game, loves to practice his game.”

Niederreiter’s goal is to make the Wild out of camp, but GM Chuck Fletcher has told him there are no promises and he could end up in Iowa of the AHL to start.

Niederreiter’s training camp stall has been in the minor league locker room. He, Granlund and Zucker — not Coyle — are in the “In the System” section of the media guide.

“The kids have to earn it,” Fletcher said. “Don’t assume an 82-game free ride. We’ve got to assume they’ll all play games, but whether they play 10 or 82 is up to them. We’re just trying to win.”

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