Wild prospect Adam Beckman was down for the count.
Blues center Nathan Walker’s right hook stunned him. His subsequent left jab sent him hitting the ice.
As Beckman’s nose was bleeding, and he slowly walked into the locker room, many wondered whether he would be able to return to the game. Heck, some wondered if he was going to be able to return to training camp in any capacity.
Not only did the 20-year-old make a comeback, he played the role of a hero as Wilde made a 4-3 comeback over the Blues at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday night. After assisting on a tying goal in the final minute of regulation, Beckman took a drop pass from defenseman Dmitry Kulikov in overtime and immediately netted the game-winner.
Adam Beckman on his game-winner and subsequent selly: “It was exciting. Sometimes it happens. You black out a little bit and that’s what happened there. I was so excited.”
— Dane Mizutani (@DaneMizutani) October 7, 2021
“It was exciting,” said Beckman, who completed a Gordy Howe hat-trick with one goal, one assist and one fight. “Sometimes such dramas happen. You kinda blacked out and that’s what happened there. I was very excited.”
As for the fight, while Beckman would say outright that he dropped the gloves to impress the coaching staff with the final roster cut, he was clearly trying to spark the bench.
“We didn’t start well,” Beckman said. “I think Walker and I were going over this a little bit. I decided maybe it was time. Obviously it didn’t turn out the way I want it to.”
That said, Beckman’s response is above everything else that coach Dean Evans stood for.
“If you’ve ever been in a fight, sometimes you get hit, and sometimes you get hit hard,” Evans said. He said, ‘He got a huge jolt and his reaction was awesome. Just keep playing Still very vocal on the bench. He didn’t change.”
It’s clear that Beckman is doing everything in his power to get the team out of training camp. He has scored a goal in every pre-season game he has played so far, and perhaps more importantly, he has brought a youthful spirit to the Wild’s locker room.
“The first day of training camp we went and talked to management and said, ‘You wouldn’t believe this kid on ice,'” Evans said. “He just kept doing it. It’s good for him.”
Why does he watch the game with such pleasure?
“Most people in the room would say it’s the best job in the world,” Beckman said. “I feel so lucky to be here and have this opportunity. Such is my personality. Just try and be as positive as you can.”
Still, as positive as Beckman is, he wasn’t satisfied with himself after completing a Gordy Howe hat-trick.
“There were a lot of areas in my game that I wanted to fix,” Beckman said. “I made some mistakes in the power play. Just handling the puck slightly incorrectly. Sometimes in neutral territory. Those are the things I found to try and work and continue to clean. There are definitely a lot of things that I think I still have to work on.”
Just maybe no more fighting.