The 7,500 fans that headed into the Xcel Energy Center Sunday morning to catch a glimpse of the future of the Minnesota Wild were treated to some excellent hockey as the White squad worked a 4-3 win over team Green. The score wasn't as important as the names on the backs of the practice jerseys.
Joel Broda tallied twice for team White as they rallied after giving Green the lead on a penalty shot less than a minute into the scrimmage.
"It was a good pace," said Broda. "Everyone is out there trying to impress. It was a good competitive game and a good finish."
Mikael Granlund scored twice for team Green and displayed excellent ice vision connecting on tic-tac-toe passes to linemates Jason Zucher and Justin Fontaine. Rookie blue liner Matt Dumba provided the oohs and aahs with his physical play sending Kris Foucault to the ice.
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Granlund is a lock to make the Wild and he showed why. His first goal came on a pentlay shot. Granlund showed great hands and patience as he waited out goalie Mackenzie Skapski beating him five hole. On his second goal of the scrimmage, the playmaker from Finland patiently waited for the puck to fall in front of the goal crease then went top shelf.
The camp had a Minnesota high school feel overall as nine of the invited players were from the state of hockey. Former Edina Hornets Louie Nanne and Marshall Everson suited up for team green while Will Merchant, a finalist for Mr. Hockey last year scored in the game for team white. Former Eden Prairie defenseman Nick Seeler played for team Green.
Team Green: Granlund (2), Gunnarsson
Team White: Larsson, Broda (2), Merchant