By Michael Russo
From the Wild: Surgery on Niklas Backstrom’s left hip went better than hoped today. Dr. Philippon reported that he corrected the issues in Backstrom’s left hip (including a labral deficiency, which had not show up on the radiography), and the cartilage damage was less than feared, so no microfracture was necessary. Backstrom’s recovery time was reduced and the doctor now believes he will be full-go in about 12 weeks.
The Wild signed Carson McMillan to a three-year deal.
McMillan, 20, recorded career-highs with 31 goals, 41 assists, 72 points and 93 penalty minutes (PIM) in 68 games during his fourth season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2008-09. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound native of Brandon, Manitoba added seven game-winning goals, five power play tallies and four shorthanded goals helping lead Calgary to a 59-9-3-1 regular season record. He has tallied eight points (2-6=8) in 12 playoff games this season. The Hitmen are undefeated in 12 playoff matches and will play either Kelowna or Vancouver in the WHL Championship. The winner of the WHL Championship series will advance to the Memorial Cup.
McMillan was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round (200th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Since this story ran, Cody Almond signed. This means four of the Wild’s five picks from 2007 are signed right now.
Wild had until June 1 to sign him, or the team would have lost his rights.