Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/4/14

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 20: 23rd overall pick, Tyler Cuma of the Minnesota Wild poses with team personnel after being selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 20, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: With Clayton Stoner out with an upper-body injury for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, defenseman Tyler Cuma will make his long-awaited NHL debut. Cuma, 22, was Minnesota's first-round pick in 2008 and has battled countless injuries and setbacks over the past few seasons, including a torn ACL last season. The defenseman was written off by many but earned a call-up March 8. Unfortunately, he missed his flight and never met the Wild in Phoenix. On Wednesday, the defenseman got the call around 2:30 p.m. and was able to make his 5 p.m. flight out of Houston. "I was flying down the highway making sure I didn't miss the flight this time around," he said. Cuma will be the 46th Wild player to suit up this season and the ninth to make his NHL debut. Cuma, who has nine assists in 68 games with the AHL's Aeros, couldn't be more excited to finally get the chance to show Wild fans what he can do. "The last couple years, the way things have gone for...
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