Wild lose Matt Cullen for two games, sign draft pick Tyler Graovac
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Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen will be out for at least two games because of a lower-body injury suffered in Monday's loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Coach Mike Yeo said Tuesday that the second-line center would miss games at San Jose and Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday.
"He is going to be out the next couple games, we don't anticipate that it is anything serious," Yeo said, according to the Wild's website. "We're hopeful that's he's back very quickly, having said that somebody is going to get an opportunity and a chance to step up."
Cullen, who is fourth on the Wild in scoring with 25 points, might be able to return on Sunday in Columbus.
Although the Wild did not disclose the exact injury, Cullen appeared to suffer a groin injury in the second period Monday and did not return.
The Wild recalled forward Johan Larsson from Houston to take Cullen's place. Larsson, 20, made his NHL debut against Detroit on Feb. 17.
The Wild signed another center, Tyler Graovac, to an entry-level contract.
The 19-year-old was a seventh-round pick (191st overall) in the 2011 draft.
"We're very excited to get Tyler under contract," assistant general manager Brent Flahr said in a statement issued by the team.
"Since we drafted him, Tyler has worked very hard on and off the ice and has made huge strides in his overall game. He's had a tremendous season this year and is in the middle of strong playoff run in Belleville. We look forward to watching his transition to the pro game in the near future."
Graovac had 38 goals, 35 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 60 games this season with the Ottawa 67's and Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.