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Continued: Speedy Wild winger hopes to stay away from 'Zucker Expressway'

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 18, 2014 - 12:48 AM

“When you’re dealing with young players, certainly some guys come and they stay, but the majority of them, go up and down a few times and it’s all part of the development process,” Yeo said. “Every time they’re here, there’s some things to take from it and things to work on. All of our meetings have been mostly positive and some constructive. Ultimately, it’s up to the player, how he takes what you tell him and how he applies it, and that’s where I give Zuck a lot of credit.

“You want them to be ticked off. You want them to be motivated to get back up and handle it the right way and he’s done a great job of that.”

Zucker has played well. But guess what?

He hasn’t secured a roster spot. At some point, Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu will return to the lineup. And if there’s not a top-6 role for Zucker, there’s a chance he will again take that trip down Zucker Expressway.

And you can guarantee he’ll be ticked.

“[Yeo] is very direct with Jason and lets him know what he needs to do in his game to get better so he can stay here,” Mill said. “It’s a process. But we’re still in the middle of the process. He’s got to prove it every day.”

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  • Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker, right, takes a shot on-goal with Anaheim Ducks defenseman Alex Grant (51) defending in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • The Wild’s Jason Zucker hit Ottawa’s Chris Phillips in the face with a slap shot during the third period at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Wild lose to the Senators 3-0. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com

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