Minnesota Wild: Close Preseason Game Loss to Winnipeg Jets

ST. PAUL, MN - APRIL 17: Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets collides with Nick Seeler #36 of the Minnesota Wild in Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Xcel Energy Center on April 17, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - APRIL 17: Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets collides with Nick Seeler #36 of the Minnesota Wild in Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Xcel Energy Center on April 17, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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ST. PAUL, MN – OCTOBER 24: Minnesota Wild center Justin Kloos (82) looks on before the faceoff. Kloos made his NHL debut during the Western Conference game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Minnesota Wild on October 24, 2017, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Canucks defeated the Wild 1-0. (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Justin Kloos

The contribution of Justin Kloos to this game may not show up on the scoreboard, but he was all over the ice and at times the best offensive player wearing a White and Green jersey in Winnipeg.

Kloos started the game on a line with Kyle Rau and Ivan Lodnia, but was quickly rotated to the wing of Nino Niederreiter and Eric Fehr. Kloos was flying all over the ice and finished the game with at least 3 counted breakaways.

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He could use some help with finishing on the chances when he gets them, but it appears he has a knack for getting those chances almost at will. The scoresheet reads that Kloos finished the night with 9 Shots on Goal in 15 minutes of ice-time, those chances were largely of the high-quality variety.

Kloos was a consistent presence on the second power-play unit, getting 2:22 of powerplay ice time. The most surprising part of that, though, is he was playing on the point alongside Matt Bartkowski for all of his powerplay time.

He is an extreme long shot to make the NHL roster this season, but there is always an outside chance that he could make Boudreau’s line choices harder than they need to be. Perhaps a consistently strong preseason from Kloos makes it easier for Paul Fenton to feel he can trade away a consistent under-performer.

Kloos got into one regular season game last year, and was among the top performers in his first season in Iowa. Performances like this get everyone watching excited about the future of the Minnesota Wild team with players like Kloos waiting for their chances.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the next time we get a chance to see Justin Kloos in a Minnesota uniform. I’m interested if he can find a way to finish his chances and put the puck in the net in his next game out.