ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – With seven games to go in the regular season, the Minnesota Wild are locked into a tight playoff race, three points ahead of Colorado for third in the Central Division.
And on Monday, the Wild got some reinforcements. David McCoy tells us about the big addition to their lineup, just in time.
When Boston University lost Sunday night in the NCAA Tournament, it was a big win for the Wild. They were finally able to sign one of their top prospects they drafted in 2015, the Terriers' best player, Jordan Greenway.
"To me it looked like he was carrying the team offensively, the last few weeks of the year," Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher said.
Greenway will meet the Wild on Tuesday in Nashville, and will likely play right away. He had 35 points in 36 games for Boston University this year, and also played on the U.S. Olympic Team.
The Wild believe his size will be a 'big' asset come playoff time.
"This is a big talent, talented kid. We'll see, we wanna give him the opportunity to help our team win," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Most of the time when these prospects sign at the end of their college season, they're assigned to the minor leagues. And a lot of times, they don't even play there. They're just there to soak in and get acquainted with the professional atmosphere.
Greenway, though, is headed straight to the NHL, to a team in the heat of a playoff race. He's that good.
"It's rare to find a player with that combination of size, speed and skill. And he's a guy that we think is ready to play in the NHL," Fletcher said.
"You know, he's not like a 19-year-old kid that's 170 pounds and has still got 15 to 20 pounds to put on. He's a man. He's 6-5, 220. So he's gonna be able to compete with the men," Boudreau said.
A big addition, at the biggest time of the year.
The grind of these final games are a reminder that no matter how well you play and how you finish, all that matters is how you play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Wild painfully found out against the St. Louis Blues last year.
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