On the roster below, the Wild have three players who are injured, two will definitely be on the injured reserve at the beginning of the season (Harding and Sheppard), while Bouchard has started practicing with the team and remains optimistic that he could start the season, which suggests that he probably won't start on the IR immediately.
With Bouchard penciled into the line-up, this gives the Wild 15 forwards, nine defense and two goalies (numbers do not include Harding or Sheppard) and this will be the group that they take over to Europe, where they can have a few extra players for emergency purposes, but will be down to 23 when the team returns to North America.
|Mikko Koivu||Marek Zidlicky||Niklas Backstrom|
|Andrew Brunette||Cam Barker||Josh Harding|
|Martin Havlat||Brent Burns||Anton Khudobin|
|Matt Cullen||Nick Schultz|
|Antti Miettinen||Greg Zanon|
|Guillaume Latendresse||Drew Bagnall|
|Kyle Brodziak||Justin Falk|
|John Madden||Marco Scandella|
|Cal Clutterbuck||Clayton Stoner|
With Harding out for the bulk of the season and Sheppard out until the new year, their cap numbers have been removed from my calculations, but the remaining 26 players and one buyout comes in at an annual projection of $58.8 million, just short of the cap ceiling this year. Once a couple more of those numbers are removed and Bouchard's fate is actually decided, the Wild may have a little bit more flexibility near the trade deadline.