A Minnesota Wild team that has not scored a goal in the past two games recalled Jason Zucker from the AHL on Friday in an attempt to inject some life into their offense. The Wild have been shut out in three of their past four games, and have dropped to seventh place in the Western Conference standings, two points behind the St. Louis Blues and one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings.
Zucker made his season debut for the Wild on Feb. 17, and had an immediate impact with a goal against the Red Wings. He stayed with the team for 14 games before being sent down to the Houston Aeros. Zucker had four goals and five points during his time with the Wild, and has been dominant at the AHL level this season. Despite missing five weeks of time with the Aeros, he leads the team with 24 goals and 50 points. Zucker was honored earlier this week as a member of the AHL’s All-Rookie Team, his second league honor of the season. In January, he was the Aeros’ lone representative at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic, and he scored the game’s first goal while later adding an assist.
Selected by the Wild in the second round of the 2010 draft, Zucker has impressed at every level he has played at. He spent two seasons with the U.S. National Under-18 Team before becoming a 20-plus goal scorer in both of his seasons at the University of Denver, then turned pro with the Wild at the end of last season. As Minnesota pushes to improve their spot in the standings heading into the playoffs, they will hope Zucker can bring a spark to their offense. In his time with the team earlier in the season, he showed that he definitely has that ability.