When the puck drops, will Patrick Roy be back?
With a couple of weeks to go before the start of training camp, it’s not too early to start speculating on where the Minnesota Wild will look for their captain.
On Wednesday, the Wild hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time since the lockout ended.
The game featured the first game between the two clubs since the NHL’s season ended on October 1.
The Leafs won the game, 3-2, but Patrick Roy returned to the dressing room to a standing ovation.
While Roy and his teammates were out, the NHL announced the league’s 30-man roster for the upcoming season.
The list will be updated as the season progresses.
The NHL says there are 25 players who are eligible for the NHL Draft and another 15 players who will have a chance to be selected in the first round.
The Wild will have the opportunity to pick in the fourth and fifth spots in the NHL draft.
The first round will take place on March 9 in Dallas.
There are three other rounds in April, June and July.
The second round will be played on May 29 in Philadelphia.
The final round of the draft will take to the air on June 20 in Dallas and will be televised live by ESPN.
The next draft will be held on July 22 in Nashville.
The NHL announced that the team will not make any announcements for the final round until after the draft on June 27.
As part of the move to the outdoor rink, the team also plans to make a few minor roster changes, including the retirement of former captain Jared Spurgeon and the hiring of former assistant coach Dan O’Halloran.
The team has also announced that it has decided to make the roster of the Minnesota Thunder one of the NHL affiliate teams.
The Thunder will play in the Minnesota Metroplex, and it is hoped that the Thunder will make the jump to the NHL for the 2019-20 season.