Wild prospect Matt Boldy staggered to his skates during an Oct. 7 preseason game at Xcel Energy Center. He had just gotten tangled up with Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy, and while he managed to get to the bench under his own power, he needed help getting to the locker room.
Asked about the injury after the game, coach Dean Evason didn’t hide from the fact that Boldy was going to be out for a while. A couple of days later, the Wild confirmed the 20-year-old winger had broken his left ankle and was expected to be out about a month.
The good news? After rehabbing for much of the past month, Boldy is officially back on his skates. He recently reported to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League and could make his season debut as soon as this weekend.
“I don’t know the exact status of that,” Evason said. “Just talking to (Iowa Wild general manager) Mike Murray, I think they’re excited about getting him in there very soon.”
Though he could return to the ice in the near future, Boldy isn’t close to reaching the next level. Not yet at least. He likely wasn’t going to crack the NHL roster out of training camp with wingers Brandon Duhaime and Adam Beckman both outperforming him.
The Wild aren’t concerned about that right now, they are simply happy that Boldy is close to playing in any capacity. Looking back at the replay from when he got injured, it certainly could have been much worse.
“Any time we have those type of injuries, it can linger for a while,” Evason said. “It’s nice to see he’s back and getting ready to play hockey.”
After returning to the lineup against the Arizona Coyotes last week, winger Jordan Greenway appears to be settling in on a line alongside center Ryan Hartman and opposite fellow winger Rem Pitlick.
“Very business-like,” Evason said of Greenway’s recent effort. “The physicality he had in his game was real good. We’ve liked that he’s had a little bur. He’s played with some bite in the games that he’s come back with, and we need him to continue to be that big, physical presence.”
There was a period of time throughout training camp when defensemen Dmitry Kulikov, Jon Merrill and Jordie Been were competing for a spot on the final pairing. In the end, the coaching staff gave the nod to Merrill and Kulikov, and that duo has proven to be highly effective.
“It’s been a real good pair for us,” Evason said. “You include Jordie Been in there; unfortunately for him, he hasn’t gotten in as many hockey games because (Merrill and Kulikov) have played really well.”