Minnesota State freshman forward Teddy Blueger will be back in the lineup this weekend against Wisconsin after his stint at the World Junior Championships in Russia. Blueger and Latvia didn't win a game at the tournament, but the center hopes MSU coach Mike Hastings is right in that players return from that event better than they were before they left.
"I think all the games were played at a very high level; they were all really fast," Blueger said after practice on Wednesday. "The style of play was a little different, but I had a chance to play all kinds of situations. That was good."
Ufa, Russia, is a 12-hour time difference from Mankato, but Blueger said he's been feeling good, especially starting Wednesday.
"He hasn't missed a beat; he looks good," Hastings said.
Blueger was back skating between wingers Johnny McInnis and Chase Grant on the Mavericks' third line.
Meanwhile, MSU junior defenseman Josh Nelson will miss at least the next two series with what is being described as an upper-body injury. Nelson was hurt during Saturday's game against Providence when he blocked a shot.
Nelson has played in all but one game this season, finding a spot on the team's second power play unit where he has scored three of his four goals.
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