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Wild ink Schroeder, Blum to two-way pacts

Jul 11, 2014, 11:23 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild signed two former first-round draft picks on Friday, each to two-way contracts. Defenseman Jonathon Blum‘s two-way deal is for one year while forward Jordan Schroeder‘s goes for two seasons, according to the Pioneer Press’ Chad Graff.

Schroeder (pictured) was selected 22nd overall in the 2009 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Schroeder, 23, has appeared in 56 NHL games, including scoring six points in 25 games last season (all with the Canucks).

Blum, 25, was the 23rd pick of the 2007 draft by the Nashville Predators. He has been cycling between the AHL and NHL the past two seasons, including this past campaign in the Minnesota Wild organization. He scored one assist in 15 games with Minnesota and managed 29 points in 54 games with the Iowa Wild.

Neither player has panned out at the NHL level just yet, but both are still young. Some Wild fans might be at least a little bit excited about Schroeder coming to town, too:

  1. lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Can’t hate on these deals

    • blomfeld - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      Even though the Wild can’t even register a ‘ping’ on our radar screen, we SC champion LA Kings wish these people ‘all the best’ regardless ! … God speed friends ! :)

      • wutangwild - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        god dammit man. i need to stop feeding the troll

      • avfanforlife - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM


      • lordfletcher - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        if we all hit report comment would anything change????

        It is a bummer that NBC does nothing to moderate their boards… this is nothing compared to PFT

      • clarke16 - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Get a grip, Avfan… If you don’t like it–pass it over, eh? God almighty, I must be sick the way I’m amused by you whiney beetchezzz… :)

      • blomfeld - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Person A: oh my, that’s just ‘horrible’ how Avfanforlife’s’ thread was interrupted eh ?

        Person B: you know it girlfriend … those King’s fans can be like just ‘so’ mean at times !


        hey Avs Loser …

        normally I don’t respond to ‘weak & pathetic’ souls like you, however I’m making an exception tonight, what with it being a full moon and the eve of the 13th and all … anyway, the bottom line is that you need to save your ‘flotsam’ remarks for a forum where like-minded ‘spineless & gutless’ clowns like you will actually lend an ear to your predictable tripe … for example, try where they talk about ‘uninterrupted’ threads and such as … PHT is a decent, red-blooded and ‘values-driven’ website where men speak the ‘truth’ while having a few laughs in the process … this is ‘not’ the Ladies Washroom for pussified, new-age, electronic ‘fairies’ like you !

        executive summary … the Colorado Avalanche = Spice World !!! :) :) :)

  2. purpleguy - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    At this rate, pretty soon they’ll be able to put 5 former Gophers on the ice simultaneously.

    • mjasper24 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      go get goligoski

      • wutangwild - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        and Kessel while we’re at it

  3. guitarhunterdude - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Both are good AHLers who don’t look out of place in the NHL in spot duty (and both have pretty decent underlying stats for their role). Two solid deals. Bringing in Schroeder should be a help in Iowa, too. I like Fletcher’s revamping of the baby Wild, it’s a year overdue. If we want to see some progression from guys like Phillips, Graovac, Dumba and Olofsson, we need more scorers around them, and Fletch has been doing that this year.

    • clarke16 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      Good observation.

    • purpleguy - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Yeah, they needed to upgrade the team in Iowa. Even Iowegians need some love.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      well said Guitar!

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    The Wild future continues to build. If I may post a “Wild relevent yet off article topic” post-

    Yeo played it real conservative in 12-13. Due to the players he had? Key free agents with no real training camp? Anyway, defense focus and overly conservative offense. BARELY made the playoffs.

    13-14, maturing young players, a normal training camp/pre-season, Yeo progressively adjust, still defensively sound, more offensive latitude. Close 2nd round series vs. the SC champions.

    Pretty good offseason moves. I’m not projecting that the Wild will crack the top 10 (huge gap between the 10 and everyone is W/L), but I am projecting they will go over true 500 and close some of the gap.

    • guitarhunterdude - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      Yeo was way too conservative for most of last year, too. From November until the playoffs, the Wild were a pretty mediocre team being propped up by some really good goaltending. Then, in the playoffs, they played as well as they had in October, when they were borderline dominant. This raises a few questions.

      1) Which Wild is the “real” Wild? The quick, aggressive forechecking team that tore it up in October and in the playoffs, or the timid, indecisive, slow team that we saw for the majority of the season?

      2) Was the Wild’s prolonged slump a personnel issue or a coaching decision? Do they not have the players to be a good possession team, or was the change in style (basically, abandon the forecheck) a decision by Yeo?

      3) If Yeo did indeed decide to have the team play more passively, why? Was the fast style of play too taxing for the players to maintain it for a full season? Does he just prefer to have a team that’s on defense more than offense?

      Food for thought. The Wild should have the talent to be competitive this year; now we have to see if the coaching is up to snuff.

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    How can you not like these moves? Both 2 way deals, costing mininal with (essentially) no risk. I would’ve liked Chevy signing Schroeder in Winnipeg. Sometimes these smaller guys take longer to develop (see: St. louis)

  6. wutangwild - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Blum showed some promise and good to see he has a 2-way deal. He was better than Ballard in the small-ish sample size i saw, F it bring on October! cheers

  7. roblo76 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Anyone else notice that whomever Vancouver drafts is a “steal?” (Ask any of their fans, if you can stand speaking to them). Anywho, here is their 2009 “steal,” Jordan Schroeder. Congrats guys.

  8. canada2014gold - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    Shroeder is not going to be an NHL regular but an AHL regular for sure.

  9. wutangwild - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    So I had a bit too much fun at my uncle’s wedding last night, but for all you Wild fans I went to the development camp scrimmage yesterday afternoon and Dumba and Olafsson looked pretty dang good. Given it was against a bunch of other raw players, but they stood out. Also, Gelinas was impressive, had a top corner snipe on a 3 on 2 rush. They have another one Monday night at the X and I’d recommend it, it’s free too

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