SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled forward Jake Dowell and goaltender Darcy Kuemper from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Wild assigned forward Jason Zucker and goaltender Matt Hackett to Houston.
Dowell, 28 (3/4/85), has seven points (4-3=7) and 29 penalty minutes (PIM) in 26 games for the Aeros this season. The 6-foot, 202-pound native of Eau Claire, Wisc., was signed by the Wild as a free agent July 4, 2012. Dowell has skated in 154 NHL games with Chicago and Dallas, posting 33 points (11-22=33) and 133 PIM. He was originally selected by Chicago in the fifth round (No. 140 overall) of the 20204 NHL Entry Draft. Dowell will wear No. 18 for Minnesota.
Kuemper, 22 (5/5/90), is 1-2-0 with a 2.22 GAA and a .924 SV% in four games (three starts) with the Wild this season. He made his NHL debut Feb. 12 at Vancouver and won his first NHL game Feb. 17 against Detroit. With Houston this season, Kuemper is 13-7-0 with a 1.78 GAA, a .937 SV% and four shutouts. The 6-foot-5, 207-pound native of Saskatoon, Sask., was the Wild’s sixth-round selection (No. 161 overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Zucker, 21 (1/16/92), totaled five points (4-1=5) and was a plus-five in 14 games with the Wild this season. He scored his first NHL goal in his season debut Feb. 17 versus Detroit.
Hackett, 23 (3/7/90), was recalled by the Wild March 8 and has not appeared in a game for the Wild this season. He is 19-19-3 with a 2.56 GAA and a .910 SV% in 42 games for Houston this season.