The Minnesota Wild lost forward Jason Zucker while playing in their outdoor game earlier this month, as he went on injured reserve for a concussion sustained in a collision with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival.
Now, after seven missed games, he could make a return soon.
The Wild confirmed on Friday afternoon, per Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, that Zucker had been taken off of injured reserve ahead of the team’s upcoming game this Saturday, which is certainly a step in the right direction. There’s no guarantee that he’ll be ready to play by tomorrow evening, when Minnesota will face the Buffalo Sabres, but his activation off of IR suggests that he should rejoin the lineup sooner rather than later.
Drafted 59th overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Zucker has now played in a collective 156 career NHL games, including 58 this year. He boasts 12 goals and 22 points with Minnesota through the majority of this year, which is good for sixth in goals scored on the club despite holding seven games in hand; his return should have a positive impact on the club, whether it comes tomorrow or in the team’s subsequent Sunday game against the St. Louis Blues.
Update: the Wild have confirmed that Zucker will indeed return tomorrow: