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Minnesota Wild recall star goaltender prospect Jesper Wallstedt

Minnesota Wild President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled goaltender Jesper Wallstedt from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) and reassigned goaltender Zane McIntyre to Iowa.

Wallstedt, 21 (11/14/02), is 11-9-0 with a 2.54 goals-against average (GAA), .917 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts in 20 games with Iowa this season. He ranks T-5th in the AHL in shutouts, T-6th in wins, and T-8th in SV% this season. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound native of Vasteras, Sweden, has twice been named Howies Hockey Tape/AHL Player of the Week during the 2023-24 campaign. He earned the honor for the week ending Nov. 5 after going 2-0-0 with a .950 SV% in two starts and again for the week ending Dec. 3 after going 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .965 SV% in two starts.

For his career, Wallstedt is 29-24-5 with a 2.63 GAA, .911 SV% and three shutouts in 58 games played over two seasons with Iowa (2022-24). He ranked fourth among AHL rookie goaltenders with a 2.68 GAA, T-4th with 18 wins and fifth with a .908 SV% in the 2022-23 season. Wallstedt earned AHL goaltender of the Month honors in January of 2023 and represented Iowa at the 2023 AHL All-Star Classic.

Wallstedt has also represented Sweden in multiple international tournaments, including the 2022 (bronze medal) and 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships and the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Wallstedt went 11-8-3 with a 2.23 GAA, a .907 SV% and two shutouts in 22 games with Lulea in 2020-21 and ranked fourth in the Swedish Elite League in GAA.

Originally selected by the Wild in the first round (20th overall) of the 2021 NHL Draft, Wallstedt wears sweater No. 30 with Minnesota.

The Wild will host the Dallas Stars at 7 p.m. CT tomorrow, Jan. 8, on Bally Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.

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