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Wild first round pick from 2022 arrives, will play in Iowa

The Wild's minor-league team is adding another top prospect.

Liam Ohgren is joining Iowa in the American Hockey League from Sweden after a productive season in the country's best league.

Ohgren, who was drafted by the Wild in the first round (19th overall) in 2022, scored 12 goals and had seven assists in 26 games with Färjestad BK in the Swedish Elite League. The 20-year-old winger also captained Sweden at the 2024 World Junior Championship and won a silver medal after recovering from injury.

After this stint in Iowa, Ohgren will compete for a spot with the Wild at training camp in the fall.

He signed an entry-level contract in 2022.

Last season, Ohgren played for Djurgårdens as it vied to return to the SHL after being relegated.

Although Ohgren chipped in eight goals in 17 games during qualification action, Djurgarden didn't advance. Ohgren, however, still moved up to the SHL by switching to Färjestad BK, which is the same team Jonas Brodin, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Johansson played for while in Sweden.

Even before Ohgren's arrival, Iowa had an influx of Wild prospects.

Jack Peart left St. Cloud State last week to turn pro and is with Iowa on an amateur tryout. The defenseman was drafted in the second round by the Wild in 2021 and suited up for his first game last Saturday.

Vladislav Firstov is also on Iowa's roster after playing in the KHL.

Firstov was a second-round pick in 2019, and the winger has one assist in four games.

Iowa has eight games left on its schedule, beginning Friday vs. Hershey, and ranks sixth in the Central Division; the top five will make the playoffs.

Hartman sits

Ryan Hartman began serving a three-game suspension Tuesday for throwing a stick in the direction of officials at the end of the Wild's 2-1 overtime loss to Vegas last Saturday, a decision Hartman said he respected and will learn from.

"There's no place for something like that," Hartman said. "Obviously, in the moment, frustrations kind of boiling over."

The Wild received zero points because they gave up an empty-net goal after pulling their goalie in overtime. Hartman was frustrated by that outcome and the fact the Golden Knights weren't penalized after Hartman was clipped with a high stick late in the third period.

"Calls are going to be missed," the center said. "They don't have an easy job, the refs. The game happens fast. But in the moment with the importance of the game and with 1:40 left, we have a chance to be on the power play to get two points. I was over-the-top frustrated. I care a lot about this team and a lot about winning."

During his hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Monday, Hartman said he wasn't making an excuse for the stick throw but rather apologizing for it and owning up to it.

"It wasn't directed toward an official or player," Hartman explained.

This is Hartman's second suspension this season and fourth in his NHL career, and he's been fined seven times.

He said he doesn't feel he's been putting the Wild "behind the eight ball" by taking frustration penalties and believes his track record shouldn't influence whether penalties are called.

"That's part of the job, to be an unbiased official, and I think they do a pretty good job of that," Hartman said. "So, if that is what's going on, I don't know. But I don't feel that way."

Injury update

Marcus Foligno missed a third straight game vs. Ottawa with a nagging groin injury that could wrap the veteran winger's season early.

"A credit to Marcus, he wants to try to push and play and do everything that he can," coach John Hynes said. "But there are some medical things he's getting evaluated on that we may know whether he's either going to be able to come back or maybe he is going to be shut down for the year."