Monday afternoon, Wild general manager Bill Guerin announced defenseman Louie Belpedio has been assigned to the AHL’s Iowa Wild. Belpedio signed a one-year contract extension with the Wild early in September.
The Wild also placed veteran forward J.T. Brown on waivers. Brown, 29, appeared in 56 games for Minnesota last season, collecting a total of eight points (three goals, five assists). If Brown clears waivers, he will also be assigned to the Iowa Wild.
As noted by Michael Russo of The Athletic, Minnesota’s roster now really stands at 22 players, assuming defenseman Greg Pateryn and 20-year-old forward Mason Shaw begin the season on injured reserve (Pateryn has been dealing with a nagging lower-body injury throughout the preseason and Shaw continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered back in April).