The Minnesota Wild have made a last minute change to their line up this evening.
According to a report from Minnesota Wild insider Mike Russo of The Athletic, Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau has made the decision to make 28-year-old veteran winger Tyler Ennis a healthy scratch on Friday night.
The decision will likely be a popular one as far as Wild fans are concerned because stepping in to take Ennis' place in the lineup this evening will be none other than 20-year-old center Luke Kuninm the Wild's first round pick in 2016.
Ennis has appeared in 61 games for the Wild this season, recording 8 goals and 10 assists for a total of 18 points. Meanwhile Kunin on the other hand has played in just 17 National Hockey League games this season and he has 2 goals and 2 assists for a total of 4 points over that stretch.
It's unclear what has prompted the decision from Boudreau but considering that Kunin is one of the team's top prospects, not to mention a player many fans want to see develop at center, it may be in the best interest of the wild to keep him in the lineup and developing as much as possible moving forward.
No indication that there have been any other changes made to the line up and it's also currently unclear who Kunin is expected to line up with this evening with Ennis being out of the lineup.
Update: 23-year-old defenseman Gustav Olofsson is also in tonight which means that veteran defenseman Nate Prosser will be watching the game from the sidelines alongside Ennis this evening.