Mason Shaw and the Wild had a solid 1-0 win in Seattle last Friday when general manager Bill Guerin called Shaw into his office.
As a frequent flyer between the NHL and minors, Shaw was nervous.
“I’ve been sent down enough,” he said. “I know what it’s like when the GM calls me into his office.”
Their conversation seemed to be going in that direction, and Guerin told Shaw, “We’re going to send you to Iowa.”
Shaw paused, said, “All right,” and then Guerin added, “To get the rest of your stuff and find a spot up here for the rest of the season,” to give the conversation a whole different meaning.
“I was trying not to smile too broadly,” Shaw said, “but I was definitely very excited.”
After being one of the last cuts in training camp, spending the majority of his pro career with Iowa of the American Hockey League, and recovering from three ACL surgeries, Shaw has become a regular with the Wild, which has helped him with his trademark tenacity over the years keep up.
“Every day I fought like it was my last and I will continue to do so,” said Shaw, whose first call after receiving the news was to his parents, Aaron and Lindsay. “It’s the only way I can be. Just the competitive nature in me to stay here every day got me to this point.”
Shaw, a fourth-round pick in 2017, was one of nine players drafted by the Wild Skating for them Thursday as they started a seven-game homestand against the Penguins at Xcel Energy Center.
The 24-year-old was also one of six on the ice to make the move from Iowa to The Wild since last season, and Shaw plans to be roommates with another Iowa grad at Connor Dewar. The two will rent a spot from teammate Alex Goligoski.
“You think back to the journey to get here and it’s pretty cool to think of all the people that helped out,” said Shaw, who scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 30 in Chicago and his number already changed from 58 to 15 he wore growing up. “Just hope they can enjoy this moment too.
“From day one of the training camp I wanted to be part of this team and make a difference. I’ve been working towards it. Now I’m in a position where I can help the team win games.
Jost is playing
After sitting three times in a row, Tyson Jost was back in action on Thursday and Adam Beckman was idle.
What did coach Dean Evason want to see from Jost when he returned from his scratches?
“We expect him to be hungry, give us a boost,” Evason said.
Before Jost was kicked out of the lineup, he had zero goals and three assists in 11 games.
He also had a scratch twice earlier in the season and Jost said he was tense while paying attention after that break. He wants to play “free” on the ice.
“I will always work hard,” said Jost. “That’s the player I am. I want to be in the line-up and I’m pretty hard on myself and I care a lot about it.”
Back to business
Brandon Duhaime returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing five games through injury, an upper-body problem he suffered in an awkward hit on November 1 against Montreal.
“When it first happened, I thought maybe it was something more serious,” he said. “When the doctors looked at it and assessed it, it wasn’t that bad.”
Duhaime scored the Wilden’s first goal in the second period in a 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday.