As expected the Wild have sent top prospect Marco Rossi to Iowa. The talented forward has struggled offensively with just one assist through 16 games this season largely 0laying fourth line minutes.
Rossi should gain confidence down in Iowa and return better for this experience. My only hope of that when the time comes to recall Rossi, he is afforded a much better opportunity with some skilled teammates.
Going down to the AHL often is looked at as a demotion,but in this case it is all part of the progression in Rossi's development.
The team has looked much better of late with a big win over Winnipeg and a hard fought loss to the Leafs before beating Arizona 4-3 yesterday.
Yes they made yesterday's game far more interesting than it should have been but all in all the team is playing a more Wildlike game over the last few weeks.
The Leafs game could very easily have gone the other way but in the end thw soft goal allowed by Marc-Andre Fleury turned out to be the difference.
I am not one to bash officials as they generally do a fantastic job in a game that is just crazy fast and physical. However, when a goalie knocks the net off not once, not twice, but three times in one game one has to question why not a word was uttered to Matt Murray as either a warning or we are watching you,. Especially given the fact that two nights earlier against New Jersey, the same issue was openly questioned.
Sam Steel has fit in pretty well on the top line sliding Freddy Gaudreau back to play with Matt Boldy and the addition of Jordan Greenway has helped make that line a threat as well. Not exactly sure that Ryan Reeves can carry the load on the right side of Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno for any real length of time as his speed is absolutely a question mark. For now it has to work with Brandon Duhaime on the shelf.
Next up on the homestand is Edmonton on Thursday night. A few days of practice never hurts as thw Wild look to getvthings straightened out for a climb up the Central Divisiin standings.