About a month ago, Tyler Cuma was in line to make his NHL Debut for the Minnesota Wild before the airlines cost him a chance. This time is for real.
With injuries to Jared Suprgeon, Clayton Stoner and surprisingly not Justin Falk, the 2008 first round draft pick is getting a late-season emergency call-up against the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday. Cuma has spent the majority of the year trying to recover and get his game back from an ACL tear in February 2011 in Houston.
This season has seen him bounce back on the road to the NHL, scoring 7 assists in 57 games for the Aeros, while other defensemen like Nate Prosser, Justin Falk, Kris Freidham and the player drafted after him - Marco Scandella - got a chance to play with Minnesota. While it takes a year to fully recover from an ACL injury, tonight will be a good opportunity to chart Tyler's progress and see where his future with the organization lies.
Cuma is the 15th rookie and 46th player to make his NHL debut for the Wild this year.