Skip to main content
Publish date:

Zone Coverage: Who will the Wild carry on the 31-player traveling roster?

Breaking it down by forwards, defensemen and goalies.
Zach Parise

This story first appeared at Zone Coverage and was re-shared through a collaboration with Bring Me The News

More and more plans are coming together for the NHL’s return to play, and now there are specifics on the bubbles for the Eastern and Western Conferences.

The two hub cities — Toronto and Edmonton — will exist in a highly regulated bubble. The Athletic reported that players and personnel will go through rigorous testing while abiding by the strict secure zones of the hotels and team facilities.

Also outlined in this report is the decree for each team’s personnel limits. Each team can have up to 52 members of the traveling party to the hub cities. Within that group of 52, 31 will be players.

What could that group of 31 look like for the Minnesota Wild when they head to Edmonton to face the Vancouver Canucks?


This group will largely consist of the current NHL roster, but a few players are being considered who would be on the fringe in a regular playing scenario.

With 13 NHL forwards, Minnesota can bring up roughly five additional forwards. That situation also could be different depending on the decision Luke Kunin has ahead of him. Kunin has Type-1 diabetes and could be more at-risk in a return to play scenario with COVID-19 looming. He has the choice to opt out of returning to play this season for his own health, which would thin the Wild’s forward corps and their depth at the center position.

Minnesota would likely consider the usual suspects, some of the players who have already made an appearance in a Wild uniform this season, to bring up and be part of the play-in roster. While many of these players are listed as centers at the AHL level, it is likely they could slot to the wing when brought up to be more effective.

This could be a likely look for the forwards group of 17:


Minnesota has a bigger log jam on defense, which could work to its benefit here, especially in the event of players becoming sidelined for COVID-19 throughout the training camp or play-in portions of this return to play schedule.

As with the forwards, much of the top of this roster will be set in stone, with the top NHL talent getting the time and the consideration. While that is true, injuries or illness could cause players sit out.

For breadth of experience, Minnesota could bring up three to four defensemen from Iowa to complement the current group and provide an experienced bench roster, in case they are needed.

Current roster:

From Iowa:


Goaltending could be the real wild card for Minnesota. Alex Stalock got the majority of time in net this season with Devan Dubnyk sidelined for much of the season. While Stalock played more games in an NHL season than he ever had before, he maintained nearly his career numbers to hold the starting spot for Minnesota.

Even though he won 20 games, his goals against average and save percentage both rank in the bottom third of the NHL. Dubnyk hadn’t been better early in the season either, keeping Stalock with more games played.

Depending on the results of the training camp, Minnesota has at least one legitimate challenger in net, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team carry up to four goaltenders.

Next Up

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

brian ingram

Woodfired Cantina closes at Keg and Case in St. Paul

Restaurateur Brian Ingram is focusing on growing his other concepts.

giant bear

Video: 'THE fattest bear we have ever seen' spotted on MN trail camera

"This might be THE fattest bear we have ever seen in our area," researchers said.

u.s. attorney

Guilty plea from man who stockpiled guns, equipment to make bombs, drugs

Prosecutors say he had multiple guns, items to make weapons and pipe bombs, and lab equipment to make drugs.

polaris Ranger XP Kinetic

Here is Polaris' new electric Ranger off-road vehicle

The Minnesota-based company unveiled the electric UTV on Wednesday.


MN women's soccer team narrows name, logo options to final 3

The winning nickname and logo will be announced in January.

Kirill Kaprizov

2nd period surge leads Wild to fourth straight win

With three goals in the second, the Wild blasted the last-place Coyotes.

Gopher Basketball / R.J. Stephens

Late-tip in helps Gophers pass first big test, improve to 6-0

Luke Loewe's bucket with 2.4 seconds remaining helped the Gophers stay undefeated.


Zach Parise

In playoff series, Wild need to contain Vancouver's Quinn Hughes

If – and we stress if – the NHL season resumes, the Wild will likely face Vancouver.

Devan Dubnyk

Don't expect Wild to sign big-name goalie in free agency

Dubnyk had a 0.890 save percentage, the 62nd best in the NHL out of 66 qualified netminders.

Xcel Energy Center

He played here? The best Minnesota Wild 'legends' roster

You know you're a diehard Wild fan if you remember these guys.


How Wild match up with Canucks, Stars in possible playoff series

Drew Cove of Zone Coverage dives into the two most realistic playoff opponents.

Devan Dubnyk

Why the Wild shouldn't buy out these 3 players this offseason

Zone Coverage gives the players and the reasons.

Matt Dumba

Takeaways from the Wild's first summer training camp scrimmage

We're only 13 days from the Wild and Canucks dropping the puck.

Xcel Energy Center

Another highly touted prospect, Calen Addison, is at Wild training camp

Tony Abbott of Zone Coverage will have Wild fans pumped about Addison's potential.

Dean Evason

What made Dean Evason the right coach for the Minnesota Wild?

Minnesota gave the coach a two-year extension.