St. Paul, Duluth (WQOW) -- Eau Claire native and former Wisconsin Badger Jake Dowell will start the season with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.
Last Tuesday, Dowell made the first round of cuts by the Minnesota Wild, when that team reduced its roster to twenty-eight. But yesterday, when the Wild reduced its roster to twenty-three, Dowell and fellow forwards Jason Zucker and Brett Bulmer were assigned to the Wild's AHL team in Des Moines.
The twenty-three guys on the Wild roster are in Duluth Monday and Tuesday for practices, prior to Thursday's home opener against the Los Angeles Kings. Wild head coach Mike Yeo says this season, Minnesota is more mobile on the blue line, and has more firepower up front.
"We've still got to be a team that plays great defensively," says Yeo, "that's a team that plays the right way both with and without the puck, but you know, we should be a team that executes better offensively, creates more chances, and like I said, is a little bit more exciting to watch because of that."
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