Tuesday will be the final day in training camp for perhaps as many as 20 Wild players.
“I want to make sure we get as close to our [opening night] group as possible” coach Mike Yeo said after the Wild improved to 3-1 in the preseason Monday with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. “We might have a couple more decisions to make. But it’s time to really focus in and zero in on our group.”
Two youngsters who will undoubtedly survive Tuesday morning’s mass cutdown will be Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter.
Zucker 21 in his first game since straining his groin in the preseason opener scored the shootout winner assisted on Keith Ballard’s third-period tying goal and most impressively caught Yeo’s eye by hustling to beat out an icing to force a late power play that extended into overtime.
“He has moments in these games where he’s able to create chances able to draw penalties and that’s the kind of player he is. And that’s huge” Yeo said. “I didn