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Wild call up Granlund, Veilleux, Dowell

May 5, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on February 1, 2013 in Anaheim, California.
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The AHL Houston Aeros are no more after suffering a 7-0 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins yesterday. The Minnesota Wild will move the franchise to Des Moines, Iowa for the 2013-14 campaign.

With Houston done and the Wild down 2-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks going into Game 3 this afternoon (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC), the Wild have decided to summon some reinforcements, according to the Star Tribune.

Forwards Mikael Granlund, Stephane Veilleux, and Jake Dowell were all recalled. It’s not clear if any of those three will play today.

Of them, 31-year-old Veilleux has the most experience after playing in 460 career NHL games. He had two assists and 15 penalty minutes in 22 games with Minnesota and Tampa Bay in 2011-12.

Granlund, 21, would be the most intriguing choice to put into the lineup. Unlike the other two players called up, Granlund has a ton of potential and is a serious offensive threat. At the same time, he had difficulty establishing himself in the NHL as a rookie this season, so he might not be ready for playoff hockey.

  1. jessejames182 - May 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    It didn’t help Houston that Minnesota traded one of their starting goalies for pomeniville and called the other up because of Backstrom, but I’m ‘sure’ they’ll pull this series out…

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