James Sheppard Returns To The Ice

This has nothing to do with the present Minnesota Wild but lets be honest, we here at First Round Bust have a creepy obsession soft spot for James Sheppard. After all, he is the site's Patron Saint and a reminder of an era that (hopefully) is past.

Sheppard, the only Wild first rounder since 2003 to play more than 100 games with the team, has spent the last 18 months recovering from a knee injury. In that time, Minnesota traded the 9th overall pick in 2006 to San Jose for their third round selection in 2013 last August. James has only recently been cleared to play and was assigned by the Sharks to their AHL affiliate in Worcester, Massachusetts on a 14-day conditioning stint.

The video below is from after his first game against the Connecticut Whale.

It's interesting to note that this was Sheppard's first-ever game in the minors. He made his NHL debut in 2007 straight from the QMJHL and played enough games in his first two seasons (exactly 150) where James would have had to pass through waivers.

(h/t Andrew Ferraro and the Worcester Sharks)


  1. James Sheppard was always destined for greatness. Move over Sid and Marchand, there's another Scotian boy ready to make an impact.

  2. A great interview. The boy has class as he chose to mention his parents coming to visit!