2006 Frozen Four MVP Robbie Earl has been recalled by the Minnesota Wild today. In a corresponding move, Minnesota reassigned Cody Almond to Houston.
The self proclaimed "steal of the 2004 draft," has played in 14 games for the Wild's top farm club in Houston notching four goals and five assists for nine points to lead the team in scoring so far this season.
Earl spent a chunk of the 2009-2010 season with the Wild and was so effective that he had many fans scratching their heads as to why he wasn't seeing more ice time on a team struggling to score goals. Earl notched six goals in only 32 games while averaging a paltry 9 minutes of ice time per game under first year coach Todd Richards.
The Chicago native won a National Championship with the Badgers in 2006 in a season where he recorded 50 points, second on the team to only line mate and All-American Joe Pavelski, currently a forward with the San Jose Sharks.
Earl becomes the 18th former Badger to wear an NHL sweater this season and the eighth player from the 2006 National Championship team to do so this year.
If you haven't been doing so, check out the link on the left side bar of our blog under "Wisconsin Statistics" where I've been tracking the progress of all former Badgers in the pro ranks. It's up to date as of Saturday afternoon. I'm sure it's not 100% accurate so if you see a player who I have erroneously left off, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail. Especially with the players overseas it's sometimes hard to be get everyone.
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