ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild already knew they were going to be without leading scorer Zach Parise during the team’s road trip, which begins tonight in Ottawa. Now Minnesota isn’t sure when they will get back one of their leaders.
Offseason addition Thomas Vanek took Parise’s spot on a line with Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville in Wednesday’s practice. Vanek is second on the team with eight points and is tied for the lead with seven assists. Vanek and Pominville played together in Buffalo from 2005-12.
"He was brought here to produce offense," Yeo said of Vanek. "He’s been moving around some different linemates and certainly lately he’s been able to put up some points and help us there. The fact that he’s had chemistry with Pommer in the past and has had that experience of playing with him, Granny’s a smart player; we like to think that that line can definitely produce some offense."