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Wild bring up veteran Veilleux from AHL, send down Zucker

Oct 9, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

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In something of a surprising move, the Minnesota Wild went back to a familiar face on Wednesday and recalled veteran forward Stephane Veilleux from AHL Iowa.

To make room for Veilleux, Minnesota dispatched Carson McMillan and popular forward Jason Zucker to the minors.

Veilleux, 31, played with Minnesota from 2002-09 before embarking on a journey to Tampa Bay, the SM-liiga, the Swiss league and the New Jersey Devils organization before being re-acquired in the Marek Zidlicky trade of 2012.

He appeared in 21 games that season, then spent the entire 2013 campaign with AHL Houston before getting called up for Minnesota’s first-round playoff series against Chicago — and appearing in two games.

Zucker, 21, is a diminutive skill forward that can rack up the points. He had 24 goals and 50 points in 55 games for the Aeros last year and four goals in 20 games with the Wild, scoring the OT winner in Minnesota’s lone playoff win over Chicago last spring.

Zucker made his ’13-14 regular season debut in Tuesday’s loss to Nashville, playing 13:13 while registering one shot on goal.

McMillan, recalled on an emergency basis, did not dress for the game.

  1. Jeff - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    doesn’t matter who they shuffle around…I think the GM has flat out missed on all these “youngsters”

    Maybe they should have passed on Dumba and drafted the kid named Hertl who seems to not be struggling at all scoring for the Sharks?

    pathetic

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Or if they were looking for defense, they sure missed out on Trouba…

    • faustandrew - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      What about Brodin? They really flat out missed on him, correct? Pretty sure most hockey fans/enthusiasts would agree he was snubbed a Calder bid.

      I am super glad we are on the same page regarding defense man compared to forwards, I know they take the EXACT same time to develop so for sure we should all consider Dumba a bust already.

      Coyle has the makings of being a great power forward in this league, although injured right now… but I guess the Wild flat out missed on him too because he didn’t score six goals in his first three games.

      Also, what about all the other teams that didn’t draft Hertl, they really missed out on their youngsters as well? Hmm, interesting.

      Zucker was also a 2nd round pick who played a short time of college hockey and then jumped into the AHL, I don’t think we should give up on him yet.

      So, when you say they missed on all of the “youngsters” you are completely wrong.

      • Jeff - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        look buddy, I’m just not drinking the Kool-Aid like alot of commenters on the popular forums

        I watch other teams in the league and many don’t lack the skilled players like the Wild seem to…that shootout in game 1 was utterly pathetic. By now I would expect one of the youngins to accidentally have a stellar offensive performance like the Hertl kid, which is why I mentioned him as an example

    • tlow97 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      You know who else had an accidental stellar first performance? Fabian Brunnstrom. Scored a hat trick his first game, and is now back in Europe.

      Hertl is an exception, not the norm. No Christmas-colored kool-aid being drank, just being real.

    • mp1131211 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      I think the chemistry does matter, which is what Yeo is going for I think. This team needs to wake up out there,

  2. joeyashwi - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    The only thing the Wild missed on was their choice of coach. I like Yeo but he seems in over his head every game. Time for an experienced coach to lead this young team instead of a young coach leading a young team. Maybe next year. Minnesota Wild- team in constant rebuilding.

    • drhockeysm7 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Considering we just got Zach Parise and Ryan Suter last year, and now one of the most under rated centers in the entire league (Mikko Koivu) has legitimate first line NHL players to play with… Remember two seasons ago when the Wild had all those injury problems after getting off to such a great start, Mikko was on a line with Warren Peters at times… Enough said!

      Not sure if you caught the game last night but Mikko fed Parise about 6-7 times resulting in at least 3 point blank gimme goal opportunities. Rinne had Parise’s number last night, but it will come!!!

    • mp1131211 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Could be. But it seems like there is something going on with a lot of players when hey hit the ice. They lack confidence. This is just a hunch, but it looks like a management issue or even Leopold himself- like these kids are really afraid of failing. Either that or this team just has too many youngsters!

  3. tlow97 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Get some perspective, folks. The Wild are three games in, and have most of their top-end youngsters in the bigs. The team’s playing hard for the most part but it’ll take time to build cohesiveness.

    And they haven’t been “Re-building”–They’ve been BUILDING, after Dougie Risebrough swung and missed on FIVE straight 1st round draft picks (2004-2008), almost NO development of lower-round draft picks and screwed up trades/non-trades (Gaborik).

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