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Wild put Harding on IR, call up two forward prospects

Feb 16, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild are in need of an offensive spark and they’re going to have to hope their young guys can pull it off.

The team recalled prospect forwards Jason Zucker and Johan Larsson from the AHL. To make room for him on the roster, the team put goaltender Josh Harding on injured reserve.

Harding’s been struggling of late adjusting to his Multiple Sclerosis medication and needed a break to get acclimated. Harding says he’ll be OK, but getting this time off will give the Wild a chance to see what they can do to lift an offense that’s scored just 30 goals in 14 games.

This season with AHL Houston, Zucker leads the team with 19 goals and 41 points while Larsson has 13 goals and 27 points. Zucker was a member of Team USA’s World Junior Championship team in 2010 that took home the gold medal.

  1. handsomepatrick - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    I am really looking forward to watching zucker skate. On the low side he will be a solid scorer on a scoring third line. Best case hes a 25 to 35 goal a year player. Very intriguing prospect.

    • handsomepatrick - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      Also props to the wilds farm system. What used to be the nhls biggest joke is quickly turning into one of the best farm systems in the league.

    • lordfletcher - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      I agree he can become a 25-35 goal scorer but he won’t be on the 3rd line. That isn’t his game, and if Yeo ever puts him on the 3rd line for a consistent amount of time, they should trade him or fire Yeo. Top 6 forward should play top 6 minutes.

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