ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo has his roster for the regular-season opener this week.
Yeo has cautioned the final roster isn't permanent though.
Minnesota assigned forwards Jason Zucker, Jake Dowell and Brett Bulmer to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Sunday to get to the 23-player roster limit for the regular season. Minnesota opens the season on Thursday at home against the Los Angeles Kings after going 4-2 in the preseason.
Yeo has said the roster could change during the season, based on which players are playing well and what type of team he wants to match up with opponents. With many players on rookie contracts, the Wild have flexibility.
The opening night roster features 13 forwards, including injured Mike Rupp, eight defenseman and goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding. Yeo said last week Rupp is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season.
Bulmer was injured and didn't practice during training camp. Dowell played in ...