The Minnesota Wild have few roster spots with the emergence of their young stars. However, a few players still need to supplement the roster. The Wild enter the offseason with 14 unrestricted free agents and eight restricted free agents.
Here is unrestricted free agent defenseman Kyle Medvec.
2013-14 Team(s): Iowa Wild (AHL)
2013-14 Statistics: 72 games played, 4 goals, 5 assists, 9 points, minus-24 rating, 88 penalty minutes, 1 power play goal, 71 shots on goal
Outlook: During his days in the United States Hockey League, he was a big body that could dominate the opponents with physical play. He was a hard hitter with a big shot, but every other aspect of his game was below average.
The Wild drafted him in the fourth round of the 2006 draft. He played one full season for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL before joining the University of Vermont. In this four years for the Catamounts, he turned into a legitimate NHL prospect by improving his skating and puck skills.
Medvec has been consistently in the Wild’s AHL affiliate’s lineup, aside from a total of 12 games played in 2012-13 in the East Coast Hockey League.
He is one of the harder unrestricted free agents to figure out his future. On one hand, he could be a quality depth defenseman with the potential to be a third-pairing NHLer. On the other hand, the Wild have defensive depth in the organization with a few slated to be among the top pairings in Iowa.