Wild reassign Sammy Walker to AHL Iowa

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Hours after a 5-4 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Wild on Sunday reassigned wing Sammy Walker back to their American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa.

Walker, 24, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 amateur draft, played two games after being recalled in the wake of Matt Boldy’s upper-body injury, which has kept him out since he was hurt in a 7-4 loss at Toronto on Oct. 15.

In his two games, Walker was a minus-2 with no points, and zero shots on goal, while the Wild went 0-1-1. In 11 NHL games dating to last spring, Walker has a goal and assist and is a minus-3. That last stat is of particular concern to the Wild because their defense has struggled in three losses.

On Saturday, the Wild surrendered 54 shots to the Blue Jackets.

The Wild seem likely to call up a different forward for Tuesday night’s game against Edmonton at Xcel Energy Center, probably a player with substantial NHL experience like Vinni Lettieri or Jujhar Kara.

The former has a goal and two assists in four games in Des Moines. Khara has four assists and is the only plus player on the team (plus-3).

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