Thanks to a few injuries in Minnesota, it's not complete and I am pretty sure this is not what it will look like by the time the team hits magical game No. 25. (That is the point at which you pretty much know for sure what kind of team you are looking at***).
- Right now, there are 27 players on the roster
- There are 14 forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies
- Of the forwards, there are six centers, two left wingers, six right wings and zero liberals. (Ha?)
- As of 10/4, there are 13 Canadians, 11 Americans and one German
- I am pretty sure the Aeros have never had more than 10 Americans on their roster *patriotic tear*
- There are six veterans: DiSalvatore, Taffe, Hendry, Peters, Hoffman and Ortmeyer
- Two of the veterans did not play in the AHL last year; Hoffman played in Europe/Hendry in the NHL
- Of those that are considered league vets, four of them are at least 30 years old: DiSalvatore (30), Taffe (30), Hoffman (31) and Ortmeyer (33)
- At 27, Hendry is the youngest veteran player
- Right now, there are five rookies on the roster: Medvec, Foucault. Fontaine, Genoway and Kuepmer
- There are three players on the team born in 1990. Foucault (12/12/90), Cuma (1/19/90) and Kuemper (5/5/90)
- Most of the 27 players are on a two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild; there are six players on other types of contracts. Hendry is on a PTO or tryout contract; Fredheim is on a standard AHL contract, while Fritsch, Bartlett, Boogaard and Hoffman are on Free Agent/Tryout contracts.
- Really the only names I can think of that will likely be added to the roster in the short term are Matt Hackett and Matt Kassian. Kassian is banged up and I don't think has been officially assigned. Hackett will return when Harding is cleared to play again.
- Jim Mill (Pictured below) did not sign himself to a PTO. Maybe he should have; even a 90-year old scored on Hackett today.
Jim Mill stopped a few pucks this week in Minny
(*** Exceptions include, but are not limited to, the 2010-11 San Antonio Rampage and Adirondack Phantoms)