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Continued: Zucker eager to return to Minnesota Wild lineup

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 23, 2013 - 11:44 AM

Decision time on Gabriel

The Wild will have to decide in the next week whether to sign 2013 third-round pick Kurtis Gabriel or return him for his overage year to Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League.

Gabriel will attend the Iowa Wild’s training camp first. Gabriel, 20, is a hard-nosed, 6-4 late bloomer. General Manager Chuck Fletcher seems to be leaning toward returning him to Owen Sound, where Gabriel could develop offensively and perhaps be named captain rather than being a third- or fourth-liner in Iowa.

He has been back on the ice the past two days in Minnesota’s training camp after an injury.

“I’ve just kept my eyes open watching,” Gabriel said. “I’m focused on trying to make the Iowa Wild and having the Wild make a tough decision as to where I should be.”

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