Wild Notes: Draeger Surgery, Dowell Fight & Others Give Preseason Reactions



Nino Niederreiter scored the lone Minnesota goal in Tuesday night's 3-1 exhibition loss, which would be great if it counted in a real game. Or was the only goal against a non-Bobrovsky Columbus split squad. (Wild.com)

-2012 3rd round pick John Draeger (First Round Bust's #14 Wild prospect) is undergoing surgery for the second time this offseason.
The Michigan State sophomore defenseman previously underwent surgery in May. No word of a timetable yet. Good news, though - it went well.


-This post on HF Boards sums up coverage of the first preseason game for anyone not at the X.

-Hockey Fights caught the Jake Dowell-Cody Bass scrap.


-Jason Zucker tweaked his groin last night, which Mike Yeo hopes is not serious. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

-Jess Myers of 1500 ESPN opines that Minnesota will only go as far as Niklas Backstrom and the blue line can take them. Yet another reason why Ryan Suter is the most important player to the Wild's success.

A lot of people wrote a lot about last night's exhibition game. They include:
-Pioneer Press
-Hockey Wilderness
-Team of 18,001
-Gone Puck Wild
-Hockey Buzz

-Hybrid icing is a good thing. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

-Lastly, four players - including 2013 7th round pick Alexandre Belanger - were returned to juniors. Only 47 players are in camp now.

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