The Minnesota Wild have gotten off to a 6-2-1 start to their 2016-17 season, putting them first in the Central Division with a number of other franchises struggling out of the gate.
They’d almost certainly like to get some of their injured skaters back in the lineup, though, so the team’s update on a trio of injuries on Monday comes as good news.
The first name updated was Zach Parise, who was out for the team’s last game with a lower-body injury that resulted in the recall of forward Christoph Bertschy from the minors.
While he’s still considered out week to week with what’s being described as a foot injury, the team confirmed on Monday that he’s ahead of schedule – so the club could get the 32-year-old alternate captain back sooner rather than later.
Drafted 17th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2003, Parise has put up two goals and six points in eight regular season games for Minnesota so far this year. His return should be beneficial for the team’s offense.
The next name on the list is fellow forward Erik Haula, who has been missing for a whopping six games so far with a lower body injury of his own.
The seventh round pick, selected in 2009 by Minnesota, was hoping to be back sooner than this – but he’s only a week to 10 days out on his own return, giving the Wild a promising timeline to see the center back in action. He boasts a goal and two points of his own through four games played so far.
Finally, the team gave an update on 26-year-old center Zac Dalpe. He’s played in all nine games for Minnesota so far this year, but was injured with yet another lower-body issue on Saturday when Minnesota faced the Dallas Stars.
He may be the farthest out from returning, but his prognosis is promising as well; he’s only out week to week, like the other two.