Minnesota Wild Player News: All Positions

News: Parise scored an empty net goal and had three shots in Monday's 2-0 win over Ottawa.
Impact: Parise sealed Minnesota's first win of the season with his empty netter at 17:41 of the third period and the Wild sitting on a 1-0 lead. Only Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu saw more ice time Monday than the 35-year-old Parise, who is off to a slow start with two goals and a minus-6 rating through his first five games. He did score 28 goals in 74 games last season, proving he still has plenty of tread left on the tires.
News: Rask scored a goal on his lone shot of the game in Monday's 2-0 win over the Senators.
Impact: Rask broke a scoreless tie midway through the third period Monday, stealing a puck in the offensive zone and sniping one from the bottom of the left faceoff circle. The 26-year-old was a healthy scratch last Thursday, but has hit the scoresheet in each of his two games since with an assist Saturday and a goal Monday. Still, he saw limited ice time in those two games and registered just one shot on goal in each of them.
News: Stalock stopped all 26 shots he faced in a 2-0 victory over Ottawa on Monday afternoon.
Impact: It was the first start of the season for Stalock, who was giving struggling No. 1 starter Devan Dubnyk the day off, and he responded with his first shutout since Dec. 2017. It was against the Senators, sure, but Minnesota came into the game still searching for its first win. Stalock was relatively busy in this one, including 12 saves in a penalty-heavy second period, and he helped the Wild penalty kill go a perfect 5-for-5 on the day. Stalock only made 16 starts a year ago, but he could see an uptick in playing time if Dubnyk continues to sputter.
News: Stalock will tend the road twine for Monday's afternoon game against the Senators, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Devan Dubnyk's off to a frustrating start with an .862 save percentage and 4.56 GAA, so he'll be given a breather while Stalock makes his first start of the campaign. Stalock's a decent backup, but he posted a 6-8-3 record and an .899 save percentage for the Wild last year. The Senators provide an appealing opportunity to secure the Wild's first win, however, as they're 1-3-0 after finishing last year with the league's worst offense.
News: Zuccarello will miss the next three games with a lower-body injury.
Impact: Zuccarello sat out of Sunday's practice with an undisclosed injury, and the Wild have shed light on the nature of his issue. He won't join the Wild for their road trip, which starts in Ottawa on Monday and ends Thursday in Montreal. The 32-year-old could land on injured reserve to free up a roster spot for the trip.
News: Zuccarello didn't practice Sunday due to an unspecified injury and isn't certain to play Monday against the Senators, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't provide much information regarding Zuccarello's absence from practice, merely stating that the forward was contending with some "bumps and bruises" in the aftermath of Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Penguins. The Wild recalled another wing in Gerald Mayhew from AHL Iowa on Sunday, and he'll presumably crack the lineup Monday in the event Zuccarello sits out.
News: The Wild recalled Mayhew from AHL Iowa on Sunday.
Impact: The Wild have yet to get a point through four games this season, so new general manager Bill Guerin elected to shake things up. Mayhew is tied for the AHL lead in points with six this season, and recorded 27 goals with the team last season. It's likely that Mayhew could draw into the lineup as early as Monday when the team opens up a three-game road test against Ottawa.
News: Kunin scored a goal on two shots in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Kunin's goal made it 6-4 late in the third period, adding a little drama to the contest near the end. It's his first point in four games, but he's had 10 hits, 12 shots on goal and four PIM as well. The bottom-six forward is not likely to do enough to attract attention for fantasy purposes.
News: Zucker scored a power-play goal and tallied three shots on goal in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: The winger gave the Wild their first goal of the game just 28 seconds after Sidney Crosby scored to put the Penguins up by two. Zucker has scored twice in four games with nine shots on goal to start the season. He has topped 20 scores four times in his career.
News: Hunt scored a goal and added a power-play assist in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Hunt set up Jason Zucker for a power-play tally in the second period, and then the defender scored an even-strength goal in the final frame. Hunt had three shots on goal in the contest. The 31-year-old has four points in as many games to start the year, and he's posted 10 shots on goal.
News: Spurgeon scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Spurgeon's first assist came on a Jason Zucker power-play goal in the second period. He would score his first goal of the year later in the frame and added a helper on Luke Kunin's third-period tally. Spurgeon hadn't registered a point in the first three games of the season, but Saturday's performance could jump-start the blueliner's offense. The 29-year-old had career highs in points (43) and shots (152) last season while playing the full 82 for the first time in his career.
News: Stalock relieved Devan Dubnyk on Saturday, allowing one goal on 11 shots in 24:49 of a 7-4 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: Stalock entered the game after the Penguins tallied three times in 2:28. He did a fairly good job of limiting the damage, but the result was already firmly out of hand. It was the 32-year-old's first appearance of the year, but with Dubnyk struggling mightily early in the year, Stalock could be in line for Monday's road start versus the Senators.
News: Dubnyk allowed five goals on 23 shots before giving way to Alex Stalock in a 7-4 loss to the Penguins on Saturday.
Impact: The last straw for coach Bruce Boudreau was when Dubnyk gave up three goals in 2:28 after some shenanigans involving Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist. Dubnyk has now lost all four of his starts and given up 16 goals this year. The 33-year-old had a 2.54 GAA in 67 games last year, so it's likely he'll eventually overcome his early-season struggles.
News: Dubnyk will patrol the crease during Saturday's home game against Pittsburgh, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dubnyk has struggled early on this season, suffering three consecutive road losses while posting a sub-par 3.73 GAA and .882 save percentage. The veteran netminder will hope to fare better in a home matchup with a banged-up Penguins team that will be without Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Alex Galchenyuk (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (lower body) and Bryan Rust (hand).
News: Dubnyk allowed four goals on 31 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Jets on Thursday.
Impact: The 33-year-old has three losses to begin the season and has also given up three or more goals in each game. Once considered an elite fantasy option between the pipes, Dubnyk won't be as easy to rely upon every night in fantasy this season, especially not in standard leagues.
News: Spurgeon was held without a point Thursday and finished with a minus-4 rating in a 5-2 loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: Through three games, Spurgeon has no points and holds a minus-8 rating. The performance Thursday was particularly poor, but it's early and he still has plenty of time to turn things around. The Wild next play Pittsburgh on Saturday and in 12 career contests versus the Penguins, Spurgeon only has three points.
News: Hunt scored a goal Thursday and finished Minnesota's 5-2 loss to the Jets with a team-high six shots.
Impact: Hunt spent most of Thursday's game trying to be an offensive spark for the Wild. His first marker of the year gave his team life early in the third, but the Jets ultimately pulled away with three straight goals following Hunt's equalizer. The 31-year-old has never eclipsed 18 points in a season, so until further notice, keep Hunt off your fantasy team.
News: Hartman scored his first goal of the season in a 5-2 loss to Winnipeg on Thursday.
Impact: The goal was Hartman's first point of the season. Playing on Minnesota's fourth line and not known as a point producer, Hartman shouldn't be relied upon in fantasy leagues, outside of deeper formats.
News: Jones stopped all 23 shots he faced in OHL Peterborough's 4-0 shutout of Saginaw on Wednesday.
Impact: Jones' stellar start to the season continues. The 2019 second-rounder (59th overall) remains undefeated (5-0), and is sporting a 2.00 GAA and .924 save percentage in those five contests. Jones is a legitimate contender for the Canadian World Junior roster this coming holiday season.
News: Dubnyk will start Thursday's game in Winnipeg, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Russo notes that backup Alex Stalock was originally slated to start this one, but Minnesota audibled to Dubnyk after losing its first two games of the season. The workhorse netminder will surely do everything in his power to get his team back on track, but it won't be easy against a talented Jets team that's scored 14 goals through four games.
News: Seeler was a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to Colorado.
Impact: It looks like he'll rotate off-nights with Carson Soucy on the Wild's last defense pairing.
News: Soucy had five hits and two blocked shots in 13:02 of ice time in Saturday's loss to Colorado.
Impact: Soucy was a healthy scratch in the Wild's first game, but got on the ice for the second game and showed a defensive spark. While he's not going to contribute much on offense, he could become a larger part of the back end of the rotation on the blue line.
News: Dubnyk stopped 28 of 31 shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Colorado.
Impact: It's been a tough start to the season for Dubnyk, who has now allowed seven goals on 62 shots through the first two games. The Wild were done in on Saturday by Colorado's top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, which combined for five points. Dubnyk's .913 save percentage last season was his lowest since joining the Wild in 2014-15.
News: Suter scored a goal and added an assist with two shots on goal and three hits in a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday.
Impact: Just another night at the office for the workhorse defenseman, who logged a game-high 30 shifts and led all players with 25:59 of ice time. The 34-year-old Suter has three points through the season's first two games and has topped the 40-point plateau in five of the last six years.
News: Parise scored a power-play goal and logged two shots in a 4-2 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday.
Impact: The 35-year-old scored a power-play goal in the second period to tie the game at 2-2, his first goal of the season. Parise stayed relatively healthy in 2018-19 after an injury-marred 2017-18 and the result was a 28-goal, 61-point effort that represented his most productive season in five years. His days as an elite point-producer are in the past, but a healthy Parise should still be good for 25-30 goals again this season.
News: Dubnyk will start Saturday in Colorado, Wild media relations director Aaron Sickman reports.
Impact: Dubnyk was beaten for four goals on 31 shots by the Predators in his first game, and the Wild team in front of him is likely to be on its heels again, as the Avalanche sport arguably the best top line in the league with Nathan MacKinnon centering Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog. With 12 other games in this slate, this could be a good time to turn to an alternative to the workhorse netminder if you have one.
News: Spurgeon had two shots on goal, two blocked shots and was a minus-2 in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Nashville.
Impact: Spurgeon didn't produce much offense in the season opener, but he had 2:23 of power-play ice time. He'll look to build on last season's career highs in goals (14), assists (29) and points (43). He begins the season playing with Jonas Brodin on the WIld's second blue-line pairing.
News: Hunt had an assist on the power play in 14:06 of ice time in Thursday's loss to Nashville.
Impact: Hunt begins the season on the third blue-line pairing, but looks to have a role on special teams with 2:23 of ice time on the power play and 47 seconds on the penalty kill. He could have value in deep leagues as a result.
News: Seeler had two blocked shots and two PIM in 14:31 of ice time in Thursday's loss to the Predators.
Impact: Seeler begins the season matched with Brad Hunt on the WIld's third pairing. Seeler was a physical presence on the ice last season, blocking 116 shots and dishing out 78 hits. He only had seven points in 71 games, but he could still improve on the offensive end at just 26 years old. Still, his fantasy value is limited in the short term as he's not a big presence on the power play.
News: Brodin had a shot on goal, two blocked shots and was a minus-2 in 21:40 of ice time in Thursday's loss at Nashville.
Impact: Brodin begins the season skating opposite Jared Spurgeon on the second blue-line pairing. He'll add a steady defensive presence, but not much offense as he's never had more than 25 points in a season and had just 18 last year.
News: Suter had an assist, one shot on goal and was a minus-2 in 24:13 of ice time in Thursday's loss to Nashville. The veteran blueliner says he feels back to full strength after taking much of last season to fully recover from the ankle surgery he underwent in April 2018, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Suter begins the season playing with Matt Dumba on the top blue-line pairing. There's been little talk of limiting Suter's workload, so expect him to be among the league leaders in ice time again and a stalwart on the power play.
News: Rask was a healthy scratch for Thursday's loss to Nashville.
Impact: Rask is clearly out of Minnesota's near-term plans, but he'll stick on the roster mostly because of the six-year, $24 million contract he signed in 2016. He's likely to be inactive most nights barring injuries.
News: Hartman had a shot on goal and a hit in 12:24 of ice time in Thursday's loss to the Predators.
Impact: Hartman begins the season on the fourth line and with a limited special-teams role (54 seconds of short-handed ice time Thursday). The former Blackhawks plays a hard-hitting game that will limit him to a bottom-six role.
News: Foligno had two shots on goal, four hits and was minus-1 in 13:17 of ice time in Thursday's loss at Nashville.
Impact: Foligno begins the season in a fourth-line checking role, which won't translate to much fantasy value, except formats using hits (he had 203 hits in 2018-19).
News: Eriksson Ek did not have a shot on goal, but had four blocked shots in 14:13 of ice time in Thursday's loss at Nashville.
Impact: It's a disappointment that Eriksson Ek is beginning the season on the Wild's fourth line, but that line actually had more playing time than the top line Thursday. While he didn't have a shot, he showed his two-way ability. Eriksson Ek could have a breakout season, as he showed a spark late last year (10 points in his last 28 games). With the Wild's lines likely to be in flux, there's a chance Eriksson Ek garners a larger role soon.
News: Greenway had a shot on goal, three hits and blocked a shot in 14:19 of ice time in Thursday's loss at Nashville.
Impact: Greenway begins the season on the third line. The 2015 second-round pick looks set to keep a top-nine role and should build on his 24-point rookie campaign from last year. However, he doesn't look like a huge factor on the power play at the moment (just one second of power-play time in Thursday's loss), but is in the mix for short-handed duty (47 seconds Thursday).
News: Kunin had four shots on goal and three hits, but was a minus-2 in 16:20 of ice time in Thursday's loss at Nashville.
Impact: Kunin skated on the Wild's third line, but that could change in short order, as Minnesota's top line struggled to generate offense against the Predators. He played center on the second line in the preseason, so he could move into a higher-profile role soon. Coach Bruce Boudreau will likely experiment with line combinations early in the season to find the right mix.
News: Fiala had just one shot on goal, was a minus-1 and registered one hit in 16:18 of ice time in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Predators. He had 2:41 of power-play ice time.
Impact: Fiala was outshone on at least one night by the player he was traded for, as Mikeal Granlund scored a goal and had another nullified on a high-sticking call. Still, Fiala was one of the few standout players in a game (along with his second line) where the Wild struggled to find offense. It's noteworthy he got significant power-play time. He could shuffle between the top two lines as Minnesota experiments to find combinations that work well early in the season.
News: Koivu had an assist in 16:39 of ice time in Thursday's season-opening loss at Nashville.
Impact: Koivu played his first regular-season game since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee in early February. He centered the Wild's second line and looked to be back to full speed.
News: Zucker scored a power-play goal, had five shots on net and was minus-1 in 16:03 of ice time in Thursday's loss to Nashville.
Impact: Zucker was about the only spark the Wild showed on the offensive end as the team's top line struggled. After being the subject of trade rumors last spring, Zucker looks set to remain with Wild after the team hired a new GM. That peace of mind could help him return to his 67-point level from 2018-19 after a decline to 42 points last season.
News: Donato had two shots on goal, posted minus-1 rating and logged 13:28 of ice time in Thursday's loss to the Predators.
Impact: Donato skated on the Wild's third line with Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway. Minnesota's top line struggled Thursday, so head coach Bruce Boudreau may switch things up ahead of Saturday's matchup with Colorado. Donato worked on the top line as a center between Zach Parise and Mats Zuccarello in training camp, but that experiment didn't last long. It may take a few games before the Wild figure out where Donato fits in best.
News: Zuccarello had one shot on goal and was a minus-3 in 16:07 of ice time in Thursday's season-opening loss to Nashville.
Impact: The top line of Eric Staal, Zuccarello and Zach Parise struggled from the start, allowing three goals while struggling to keep pace with the opposition. Boudreau will likely switch up the top lines to find a better combination Saturday against Colorado.
News: Staal did not have a shot on goal, was a minus-3 and registered just 13:40 of ice time in Thursday's season-opening loss to Nashville.
Impact: The top line of Staal, Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise struggled from the start, allowing three goals while struggling to keep pace with the opposition. As a result, head coach Bruce Boudreau was forced to limit the line's ice time. Boudreau will likely switch up the top lines to find a better combination Saturday against Colorado, which will hopefully get Staal going.
News: Parise did not have a shot on goal, was a minus-3 and logged just 13:56 of ice time in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Predators.
Impact: The top line of Eric Staal, Mats Zuccarello and Parise struggled from the start, allowing three goals while being outskated by faster lines. Head coach Bruce Boudreau decided to limit that line's ice time as a result. The good news is Parise's lack of production wasn't due to injury, but he and the Wild had a troubling season debut.
News: Dumba scored a goal and had three shots on net in 25:24 of ice time in Thursday's season-opening loss to Nashville.
Impact: Dumba picked up right where he left off before his season-ending biceps injury last December, when he was averaging a career-high 0.69 points per game over 32 games. He'll be a mainstay on the power play again in 2019-20 -- he had 2:05 of ice time on the man advantage Thursday.
News: Dubnyk stopped 27 of 31 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: Nashville's fifth goal was scored into an empty net. The blame for this loss doesn't fall on Dubnyk's shoulders, as the Predators carried the play for most of the night. Unfortunately for the veteran netminder, this could be a common theme against the league's upper echelon with a middling Wild team skating in front of him.
News: Dubnyk will patrol the crease in Thursday's road opener against the Predators, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Wild are reportedly hoping to limit Dubnyk to 57 starts after he made a whopping 67 in 2018-19, so although the veteran netminder likely won't shoulder the absurdly heavy workload he's grown accustomed to over past four campaigns, his GAA and save percentage should both presumably improve with more rest in 2019-20. The 33-year-old will look to pick up his first victory of the year in a road matchup with a Nashville club that went 25-14-2 at home last season.
News: Khovanov (leg) scored three goals in his first two QMJHL contests this season.
Impact: Khovanov -- who underwent leg surgery in August -- is already back on the ice with his junior club. The Russian will likely get a look at the Wild's training camp next season, but figures to be a year or two away from making his NHL debut.
News: Soucy has made the Wild's 23-man roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Soucy looks set to be the last man on the blue line with Greg Pateryn out after groin surgery. While Soucy may be inactive most nights, he has some upside for PIM as a tough defender. He was plus-3 with an assist and eight PIM in the preseason.
News: Pateryn (groin) underwent surgery Tuesday for a bilateral core muscle tear and is expected to miss six weeks.
Impact: While the team hasn't officially placed Pateryn on injured reserve, the move should be coming shortly as the 23-man roster limit goes into effect Tuesday. With the veteran sidelined, Carson Soucy figures to snag a spot on the roster, while Brad Hunt should break into the lineup for Opening Night on Thursday. Based on Pateryn's announced timeline, he figures to be on the shelf until mid-November.
News: Pateryn (lower body) is in danger of starting the 2019-20 campaign on injured reserve, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Pateryn had been dealing with a lower-body for most of Minnesota's training camp, but he was cleared to rejoin the lineup for Sunday's preseason finale against Winnipeg, which seemed to suggest he'd be ready to rock for Thursday's regular-season opener against Nashville. However, the veteran blueliner must have aggravated his injury during that contest, and will now likely miss the first few games of the 2019-20 campaign at a minimum. Brad Hunt is the leading candidate to fill in on the WIld's bottom pairing until Pateryn is ready to return.
News: Belpedio was demoted to the minors Monday.
Impact: Belpedio has appeared in just three NHL games for the Wild over the last two seasons and will need to wait a little longer for the fourth. The Illinois native put up decent numbers with AHL Iowa in 2018-19, 21 points in 70 contests, and likely will earn a call-up sooner rather than later if he can continue to produce in the minors.
News: Brown was designated for waivers by the Wild on Monday for the purpose of reassignment, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After appearing in 56 outings for Minnesota last season, in which he tallied three goals and five helpers, Brown may be forced to begin the year in the minors. The 29- year-old has 365 games of NHL experience under his belt, which could persuade another team to try snatching him up. Barring a claim, the Minnesota native will link up with AHL Iowa for the start of the minor-league campaign.
News: Pateryn (lower body) will be in the lineup Sunday when the Wild take on the Jets.
Impact: Pateryn has been dealing with a lower-body injury but will return to Minnesota's lineup Sunday for a final tune-up before Opening Night. With just 20 points total over the past two seasons, the veteran blueliner offers little from a fantasy standpoint, but nonetheless it's good to see him back on the ice.
News: Rask will likely make the Wild's Opening Night roster as the 13th forward, Michael Russo of TheAthletic reports.
Impact: Despite entering the fourth year of the six-year, $24 million contract he signed in 2016, Rask is on the roster bubble. He scored just three points in 23 games after being traded to the Wild last season. If he does make the roster, he may be a healthy scratch most nights.
News: Shaw (knee) will start the 2019-20 campaign on injured reserve, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Shaw is still recovering from offseason knee surgery. Once he's given the green light the 20-year-old pivot, who notched 33 points in 76 minor-league appearances last season, will head to AHL Iowa.
News: Stafford was released from his PTO by the Wild on Friday.
Impact: Stafford apparently didn't show team brass enough to warrant a deal. It's possible that the 33-year-old winger could land with another club, but this could also mark the end of his professional career. If this is the end, Stafford will retire having played in 841 NHL games in which he notched 196 goals and 232 helpers.
News: Hunt returned to practice Wednesday after dealing with back spasms, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hunt was forced to miss practice Tuesday due to the injury, but as evidenced by this news, he has shaken off the ailment. Even though he's healthy, Hunt's only shot to crack the opening night lineup seems to be if Greg Pateryn, who is also dealing with back spasms, is forced to miss time. Hunt is coming off just a 12-point output last season, and has never played more than 50 games in a season in his career to this point.
News: Kunin has been getting preseason playing time as the second-line center in hopes he'll fit into that position for the regular season, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Coach Bruce Boudreau originally deployed Ryan Donato in that spot this preseason, but with the youngster struggling, the team will turn to Kunin. Kunin filled in at center when Mikko Koivu suffered a knee injury last season, and he's expected to start the team's final two exhibition games centering Zach Parise and Mats Zuccarello. If the 2016 first-round pick can win the job, it would certainly boost his fantasy value playing with more offensive-minded players rather than in a more traditional bottom-six defensive role.
News: Hunt missed Tuesday's practice session due to back spasms, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Hunt likely has cemented himself as the seventh defenseman for the Wild heading into the 2019-20 campaign, though his injury could bring that into doubt if he is unavailable Opening Night. The veteran defender has never played more than 50 games in a year and could struggle for a spot in the lineup this year as well.
News: Minnesota hopes to reduce Dubnyk's workload this season to keep him fresh with a target of 57 starts, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Dubnyk played 67 games last season with 66 starts.
Impact: Dubnyk played the second-most minutes of any goalie in the NHL last season, so he likely wouldn't have kept that pace. How much rest he'll get likely depends on the performance of backup Alex Stalock. However, preseason plans for rest for star players always seem to fade away during the regular season when the going gets tough.
News: Pateryn (lower body) is not in the lineup for Sunday's preseason game in Colorado, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Head coach Bruce Boudreau claims that the injury is minor so Pateryn should still be ready to go for Opening Night in Nashville on Oct. 3. It's unclear whether the 29-year-old blueliner will suit up for another preseason contest before that though.
News: According to coach Bruce Boudreau, Pateryn is dealing a lower-body injury, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: While Pateryn's injury was originally described as minor, Bourdreau also told reporters that he doesn't know when the blueliner will be cleared to play. The Michigan native shouldn't be expected to suddenly find his offensive game after registering just seven points last year.
News: Koivu (knee) will draw into the lineup for Saturday's preseason game against Colorado.
Impact: Koivu has been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee in early February, so although he's made a full recovery, he'll need some time to work on his conditioning before he can be considered truly 100 percent. The Wild have four more preseason matches prior to their Opening Night matchup with Nashville, so Koivu shouldn't have any trouble getting back into game shape over the next two weeks. As long as he's able to stay healthy, 15-plus goals and 50-plus points won't be out of reach for the veteran pivot in 2019-20.
News: Pateryn is dealing with a minor undisclosed injury, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Pateryn may sit out a preseason contest or two, but he isn't in any danger of missing Minnesota's Oct. 3 regular-season opener against Nashville. The 29-year-old blueliner only picked up seven points in 80 games last campaign and can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
News: Fiala's immigration paperwork has gone through, which clears the way for him to join the Wild on Saturday.
Impact: Fiala will certainly be a little behind having missed nearly two weeks of training camp, but that shouldn't stop him from being ready to go Opening Night versus Nashville on Oct. 3. The winger notched seven points in 19 games with the Wild last season and should be in position to challenge the 40-point mark again in 2019-20.
News: Kahkonen will be between the pipes versus Winnipeg on Wednesday, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Kahkonen will take the first two periods before Matt Robson comes in for the third. Neither netminder is expected to make the 23-man roster for Opening Night, but will likely split time with AHL Iowa. In 30 appearances last season, the 23-year-old Kahkonen went 17-22-4 with a .908 save percentage and will need to improve his game if he wants to eventually move up to the NHL.
News: Dumba had five shots on goal and two hits in 26:57 of ice time in Tuesday's preseason loss to Dallas.
Impact: The 25-year-old is coming off a pectoral injury that forced him to miss more than half the season in 2018-19. His return for Minnesota's first preseason game shows he's back to full strength and the Wild are not concerned about his health. He returned to his usual spot on the power play, as well.
News: Stalock will start Tuesday's preseason game versus the Stars, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Stalock is preparing for another season of backup duties to Devan Dubnyk. The Wild would certainly like more out of Stalock after he posted an .899 save percentage, 2.99 GAA and 6-8-3 record. Nevertheless, Stalock's job is secure for now with rookie Matt Robson poised for AHL Iowa.
News: Dumba (illness) was back on the ice Sunday, participating in the team's scrimmage, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Dumba was forced to miss practice Saturday due to the ailment, but as evidenced by this news, has shaken it off. The 25-year-old is coming off a pectoral injury that forced him to miss more than half the season in 2018-19, and he's expected to settle into a top-four defensive role in the upcoming campaign.
News: Coach Bruce Boudreau said Koivu (knee) will scrimmage Monday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Wild likely still plan to ease Koivu into game action, as he may not play in Tuesday's preseason opener versus the Stars. However, his ability to scrimmage leaves little doubt that Koivu will be ready to rock for Opening Night versus the Predators on Oct. 3.
News: Spurgeon signed a seven-year, $53 million extension ($7.57 million AAV) with the Wild on Saturday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Spurgeon reached career highs in goals (14), assists (29) and points (43) last year, and he was also instrumental on the team's man advantage with 11 power-play points. He was strong defensively as well with a 51.5 Corsi For percentage and 145 blocked shots. The 29-year-old now has the highest cap hit on the team and is locked down through the 2026-27 season.
News: Dumba missed Saturday's practice due to an illness, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dumba was just deemed ready for training camp Thursday, but he's facing a setback with this illness. The 25-year-old blueliner isn't expected to face a long-term absence, but the illness may affect his availability for the team's first exhibition game versus the Stars on Tuesday.
News: Koivu (knee) will be eased into practice after undergoing surgery for his torn ACL in February, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Koivu was cleared from his knee injury Thursday, but the team doesn't want to rush him into practice, especially considering he's 36 years old. He's expected to sit out the first couple preseason games as a precaution, and that's likely still the plan. Nevertheless, Koivu should be in the lineup for the season opener against the Predators on Oct. 3, and he'll likely center one of the top three lines.
News: Coach Bruce Boudreau hopes Fiala will have his immigration issues resolved by Wednesday or Thursday of next week, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Fiala signed a two-year contract with the Wild on Wednesday, avoiding a holdout into training camp. While that hurdle has been cleared, he still needs to make his way through immigration to rejoin the Wild. Barring a hangup of some sort, Fiala should be available well ahead of the regular season.
News: Dumba (pectoral) proclaimed himself "good to go" for the start of training camp Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Dumba missed the last 50 games of last season due to a torn pectoral muscle. He's been working out all summer and it doesn't appear that he'll have any major restrictions at the start of training camp.
News: Koivu (knee) has been cleared to practice ahead of training camp, but he probably won't be in the lineup for Minnesota's first few preseason contests, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Koivu is still working his way back from the season-ending knee surgery he underwent in February, and there's no reason for the Wild to rush him back into game action before he's fully ready. The 36-year-old vet, who picked up eight goals and 29 points in 48 contests last campaign, is still on track to be ready for Minnesota's Opening Night matchup with the Predators.
News: Fiala agreed to terms on a two-year, $6 million contract with Minnesota on Wednesday.
Impact: Fiala -- who was acquired by the Wild from the Predators at the trade deadline -- narrowly avoids missing any training camp time by inking a new two-year deal. The winger registered seven points in 19 games with Minnesota, in which he saw his ice time jump to 17:38 per game (compared to just 15:03 with Nashville). The winger figures to get the first look at top-six minutes, but will need to stave off challenges from Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway to maintain his spot in the lineup. The 23-year-old missed the 40-point threshold by just one tally last season, but should push for that mark in 2019-20.
News: Stafford agreed to terms on a professional tryout agreement with Minnesota on Wednesday.
Impact: Selected by the Sabres with the 13th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Stafford spent nine years with Buffalo, but has bounced around the league since, with stops in Winnipeg, Boston and New Jersey. The 33-year-old saw action in 57 games for the Devils last year, in which he tallied five goals and eight helpers while averaging 12:16 of ice time. A native of Milwaukee, the move to possibly join the Wild will keep Stafford closer to home, in addition to providing a depth scoring option for the club that can round out the bottom six, assuming he can land a permanent deal.
News: Belpedio agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Minnesota on Tuesday.
Impact: Belpedio played in just two games for the WIld last year, spending the bulk of the campaign in the minors. With a two-way deal in hand, the blueliner will likely find himself with AHL Iowa more often than not during the 2019-20 season, though he could see a few more contests than last year. Until he can secure regular NHL minutes, the 23-year-old won't offer much in terms of fantasy value.
News: Khovanov underwent successful surgery to remove a benign bone tumor from his left leg Friday and is expected to be ready to return to action in four to six weeks.
Impact: Khovanov won't be able to participate in the upcoming NHL Prospect Tournament, but he should be nearing a return to action once his junior club's regular season gets underway in late September. The 2018 third-round pick racked up 25 goals and 74 points in 64 games with the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats in 2018-19.
News: Koivu (knee) is skating in Finland and will be ready for training camp, but may not suit up during the preseason in order to prepare for Opening Night versus Nashville on Oct. 3, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's a step in the right direction for Koivu as he continues to recover from ACL surgery. The center may not find himself in a top-six role due to the emergence of Joel Eriksson Ek, but will no doubt serve on the power play. In limited action last year (48 games), the Finn notched eight goals and 21 helpers. If he can stay healthy, Koivu should be capable of reaching the 40-point mark and may even push for 50.
News: Eriksson Ek agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.975 million deal with Minnesota on Wednesday.
Impact: Eriksson Ek was limited to a mere 58 games last season due to injuries, but still managed to notch seven goals and seven helpers along the way. If he can stay healthy this year, the Swedish center should be in line for a top-six role, which figures to see him crest the 20-point mark for the first time in his career.
News: Warner signed a one-year, two-way contract with Minnesota on Friday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Warner spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors, notching one goal and seven points in 73 games. The 23-year-old blueliner will likely once again stick with AHL Iowa for most, if not all of the upcoming season, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on him.
News: Parise is fully fit after dealing with a knee injury at the end of the 2018-19 season, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Parise is looking ahead to the upcoming season with his knee injury behind him. Whether the veteran winger starts the year with the Wild will be a constant offseason subject, though his $7.5 million cap hit makes a trade cost prohibitive. The 35-year-old notched 28 goals last season -- his highest total since 2014-15 -- and should be capable of pushing for the 30-goal mark again in 2019-20, as long as he can stay healthy.
News: Fehr penned a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette (Switzerland) on Saturday.
Impact: Fehr's only other appearance overseas came during the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign, in which he played for HPK in Finland. Over the course of his 14-year NHL career, the veteran notched 113 goals, 108 assists and 1,109 shots in 652 games for Washington, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Winnipeg, San Jose and Minnesota. With the move, the 33-year-old has likely played in his last NHL contest.