Even though I'm a fairly devout Chicago Blackhawks fan, I think I'm beginning to develop a warm spot for the Iowa Wild, Minnesota's American Hockey league affiliate who began play here in Des Moines this season.
Enough of a warm spot, I guess, to pick up this sweet-looking 2012-13 Dominion Autographed Rookie Patches Parallel Kristopher Foucault, S/N 31/72.
At 6-1 and 202 pounds, LW Kristopher Foucault was a fourth round pick of the Minnesota Wild in the 2009 draft. Now in his third professional season, he played one game with the Minnesota Wild, on February 14, 2012 versus the Anaheim Ducks. However he failed to register on the scoresheet, skating12 shifts for the Wild in just under nine minutes of ice time.
Since 2010-11, he's played for the American Hockey League Houston Aeros, which became the Iowa Wild this year. In 31 games with Iowa, he's scored four goals, seven assists and recorded 12 penalty minutes. He also has 59 shots on goal and a +/- of +5.
We'll next see him in action during next home game, January 15, versus the Toronto Marlies.
One of the players whose cards I've been keeping an eye out for is G Darcy Kuemper. With current Wild goalie Josh Harding battling issues with his multiple sclerosis and medication, Keumper's been making quite a few trips to the Twin Cities.
As a matter of fact, there are currently eight Iowa Wild players on the Minnesota roster, to include LW Erik Haula (recalled recently due to Mikko Koivu's injury), D Jonathon BLum, LW Jason Zucker, LW Stephane Vellieux, F Taylor Matson, C Dave Steckel, C Mike Rupp and Keumper.
Next Wednesday's game with the 19-11Marlies should be interesting, no matter how you look at it.