TAMPA, Fla — Minnesota Wild prospect Matt Boldy probably isn’t destined for the NHL anytime soon. He only recently recovered from a broken left ankle suffered in training camp, and thus, he needs some time in the minors to get used to playing again.

That said, Boldy certainly gave the Wild something to think about in his return to the ice.

To say the 20-year-old winger made an impact for the Iowa Wild this weekend would be putting it lightly. He scored a couple of goals and tallied an assist in Friday’s win over the Tucson Roadrunners, then followed it up with a goal in Sunday’s loss to the same opponent.

Every goal this weekend showcased Boldy’s incredible release. There’s a reason the Wild selected him in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

It’s only a matter of time before Boldy reaches the NHL for good. In the meantime, though, he will try to light up the minors for the foreseeable future.

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Benn steps in

As soon as captain Jared Spurgeon suffered a lower-body injury in Saturday’s loss to the Florida Panthers, the Wild got prospect Calen Addison on a plane to Florida as fast as they could.

That said, with an early puck drop in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Wild opted not to rush Addison into the lineup. Instead, veteran Jordie Benn suited up for only the second time this season, slotting in alongside Dmitry Kulikov on the blue line.

Kurvers honored

The press box at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa has officially been renamed the Tom Kurvers Memorial Press Box. The former general manager of the Iowa Wild, Kurvers passed away on June 21, 2021 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

In addition to his time in the Wild front office, Kurvers also spent 10 seasons with the Lightning and 11 years with the then Phoenix Coyotes. He played 659 games in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.