Part 2: Assigning Every Wild Player to A Minnesota High School Team

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Is there anything more synonymous than Minnesota and the beautiful game of hockey? From PeeWee, to bantams, the high school programs and eventually the college teams and the Wild. I love living here and think that high school hockey is better than anything else. There is nothing better than paying $2 for a hot chocolate then sitting in some of the coldest rinks known to man. (Delano Arena, a personal favorite of mine)

When you are first to find something is such a cool feeling and I like to have that when it comes to finding legit future NHLers at the high school level. Not saying I was first on the Casey Mittelstadt hype train, but I was there at the Plymouth Ice Center watching a sophomore from Eden Prairie dominate the game. I think my love for the game as well as the numbers/clicks on part 1 (thank you readers) allows me to make a part 2.

Some ground rules before we begin:

  • Must Be on the Current Wild Roster
  • Cannot Use Any of the schools used in part 1
  • try to spread it out geographically (didn’t have enough variety in part 1)

Lets Begin!

Forwards

Kirill Kaprizov

Need something hard working. My guy is from Siberia after all. We assign Kaprizov to Rock Ridge High School. If you are confused, that is a new high school on the Iron Range that includes Virginia and Eveleth. Hockey history runs deep in those towns. Plus we can give the upstart school a little buzz on the internet! (hopefully the dial up works up there to read this)

Mats Zuccarello

Alexandria High School. It may seem random, but after a quick google search of Norwegian settlements in Minnesota, it was between the Cardinals and Fergus Falls. I prefer Alexandria as it is the last chance to get Starbucks when heading west on 94. Shoutout exit 102.

Joel Eriksson Ek

Andover High School. The Huskies have turned into a premier program in the state. 1 championship in 2022 and a third place finish last year. The building blocks to consistency, much like Joel.

Ryan Hartman

Warroad. If I close my eyes I can see a bleached blonde Hartman playing at the X in those all black Warroad sweaters.

Marco Rossi

The future. Nothing screams the future quite like Rogers High School. The Royals have been building as a program the last few years and it seems like they are ready to break through. Plenty of D1 commitments and the incoming sophomore class, if they stay together, will win ALOT of games.

Patrick Maroon

Crookston High School. I wish a school had a semi-truck as a mascot so we can assign them the “Big Rig”. There isn’t, so we go with the Crookston Pirates. Everyone loves the “Marooned” This is Wild radio spot on KFAN.

Matthew Boldy

He was a St. Thomas Academy Cadet in the previous blog. He needs a private school. We will give him St. Cloud Cathedral.

Marcus Johansson

Duluth Marshall. Not all of these will make perfect sense. Swedes typically get the Lake Conference or a team from up north.

Marcus Foligno

Monticello High School. The jokes pretty much write themselves. His nickname is moose, their mascot…..also a moose. Perfect.

Brandon Duhaime

Coon Rapids. A scrappy player goes to a scrappy town with little hockey success. A tough guy town as local media legend and Coon Rapids native Common Man Dan Cole would call it.

Connor Dewar

International Falls High School. Connor Dewar is from The Pas, Manitoba. A town in the middle of nowhere with a population of 5,000. I chose a school that’s comparable to that.

Vinni Lettieri

Wayzata High School. I know. The joke is much better than my arbitrary rules and that’s wh he is the only Wild player to get assigned a repeat high school.

Defensemen

Jared Spurgeon

Little Falls High School. Imagine Ben Hanowski, but smaller, a defensemen and not as much offense. (so nothing like Hanowski). That comparison was an excuse to show puck knowledge. Anyway, the middle of the state of hockey needs more representation. They get the Captain. People from this neck of the woods are reliable and hard working just like #46.

Jonas Brodin

Prior Lake. I’ve used all the Lake Conference teams already. He screams chill day out on the lake with an expensive brand of sunglasses that no one has heard of.

Jacob Middleton
Thief River Falls. Grit, hard working, and absolutely wonderful people. I drove through town a week ago and I’d move there tomorrow. Plus the Mini Ralph is unreal. An arena like that reminds me of the $$ that Texas pumps into their high school football stadiums.

Brock Faber

Osseo High School. Get it? I know they play together as kids but that rivalry is still going to this day. Also, I can’t reuse Blaine High School from Part 1. That would have been perfect. Those two programs hate each other.

Goalies

Marc Andre Fleury

Lakeville North. Closest thing the State of Hockey has to a “goalie program”. Home to current NHLers like Jake Oettinger and Charlie Lindgren.

Filip Gustavsson

Didn’t play high school hockey. Came from Sweden and went straight to Sioux Falls in the USHL.

So there we have it folks. Every Wild player assigned to a Minnesota high school. Let me hear what I got wrong and right.