NWHL adding Whitecaps changes landscape in State of Hockey
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The Minnesota Whitecaps (↑ UP)
It's official: The previously independent Whitecaps are the NWHL's first expansion team, joining existing squads in New York, Connecticut, Boston and Buffalo. It's a major step for the young league, founded in 2015, and the Whitecaps, who have operated independently since the WWHL folded in 2011, playing a schedule comprised mostly of Division I college teams. Plenty of details -- like the roster -- are still up in the air, but the pro landscape in the State of Hockey just got a lot more interesting.
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Brian Dozier, Twins second baseman (↑ UP)
Dozier's bat is heating up again following a cold spell in late April. He's hitting .370 with two home runs and a double over the past week, and has been held without a hit just once over that span.
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Carlie Wagner, former Gophers guard (↓ DOWN)
One of the most prolific prep players in state history and a Gophers great, Wagner was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx with the final pick of the WNBA draft. However, her Lynx career is officially on hold. The Lynx waived the New Richland, Minn., native Tuesday. It wasn't an unexpected outcome given their depth at guard, but with a little pro experience elsewhere Wagner could be back in Minnesota one day given the Lynx's surplus of veterans.
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Jose Berrios, Twins pitcher (↑ UP)
Berrios has been inconsistent to start the year, but after allowing five-plus hits in four straight starts, he pitched a gem Tuesday. Berrios went 7 1/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners, fanning 10 and allowing just two hits and one run.
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Kirill Kaprizov, Wild prospect (↑ UP)
Kaprizov is tied for second with six goals at this year's world championship, and has eight points in seven games. The Russians take on Canada in the quarterfinals Thursday after finishing second in their group. A meeting with the red-hot Americans is still a ways off, but the team teams could still meet in the final.