The Minnesota Wild are celebrating their win over the Edmonton Oilers last night with some roster moves. Today the team has sent down Zack Mitchell and Gustav Olofsson to the Iowa Wild. No indication what the corresponding moves would be, however with the team off until Wednesday, perhaps it’s just to keep the pair fresh.
Mitchell has played in 21 games between the two leagues this season, scoring just a single point. It’s a far cry from 42 he put up last year to lead the Iowa team, his second successful season with the franchise. An undrafted forward, Mitchell spent five seasons with the Guelph Storm of the OHL before catching on with the Wild. In his rookie campaign with the AHL squad in 2014-15, he put up 17 goals and 35 points, proving his junior success wasn’t a fluke. While he’s off to a much slower start, perhaps he can still develop into a bottom-six contributor for an NHL franchise.
Olofsson is an entirely different story. Drafted 46th overall in 2013, the Swedish-born, US-trained defenseman headed to Colorado College after the draft. Playing just one season for the school, Olofsson made the jump to the AHL less than a year after being drafted but has dealt with multiple injuries since then. He played in just one game with the NHL club this season, but is off to a strong start with Iowa, scoring 12 points in 21 games. Expected to skate on an NHL blueline full time at some point in his career, Olofsson has the size and skill to be an effective player.