Wilds Carson Lambos, Ryan O’Rourke and Daemon Hunt impress in camp and show depth on defense

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — At boot camp, it’s natural for all of us to live in the present — and only care about it.

The front office and the coaching staff – especially the coaching staff because it’s their job to win now so they can be here tomorrow – are the same.

Like us, their most pressing questions must be: who will make the opening night list? Who plays on the first through fourth rows and in the top three defensive pairs? What will the power play and penalty kill units consist of?

But an important part of any training camp is also assessing the future.

Coaches are tasked with finding the right balance between preparing current players for the season while also giving prospects who will play a big role in the future the right taste of what is ultimately to come.

Next Thursday’s opening night against Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers may be fast approaching, but one of the things that will be best remembered about fall camp is seeing how bright the future looks from the goaltenders’ perspective and the blue line looks like.

After the revealing first few days, which saw 2021 first-round pick Jesper Wallstedt adjusting to an NHL pace of practice and a smaller rink where shots can come off walls quickly, the 19-year-old goaltender looked dynamic from before he was sent Monday to Des Moines to start the camp of the Iowa Wild. Wallstedt was great in practice and won his two preseason appearances.

And then there’s the blue line where the wilds are

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John Verrall

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