https://www.iowawild.com/players/detail/walker

Fantasy Summary

Versatile forward who is able to put up both goals and assists while playing center or at the wing. He has great vision and playmaking capabilities along with strong skating.


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June 2023 – Walker is a local Minnesota native who captained the University of Minnesota during his time in the NCAA. He had a very respectable NCAA career and followed that up with an incredible rookie professional season during the 2022-23 season. He was one of the top players for the Iowa Wild, posting 48 points in 56 games, which led him to get called up for nine NHL games where he posted two points. His strong performance also awarded him a role with the United States national team during the IIHF World Championships. Walker will have the opportunity to win a full-time role with the Minnesota Wild in 2023-24. Even if it doesn’t happen right away, he looks to be a sure-fire NHL player. Nathan Leblanc

January 2023 – Walker was initially drafted in the 7th round of the 2017 NHL draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning who didn’t end up getting signed to the Lightning. After strong performances as the captain of the University of Minnesota, the Wild signed the local star on a two-year entry-level contract starting during the 22-23 season. Walker has excelled in his first year of professional hockey, putting up 26 points in only 24 AHL games for the Iowa Wild, which led to him being called up for six games in the NHL and scoring one goal. Walker has already demonstrated that he will be a sure-fire professional player, but will have to continue to develop to ensure that he becomes a mainstay NHL player. The potential is there for Walker to become an energy forward in the bottom nine, however, he has a change to one day become a top 6 forward with the leadership and tools that he currently has after a couple of years of seasoning. Nathan Leblanc

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 7, 1999
Height 5‘10”
Weight 141 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 7; Overall: 200

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Edina Bantam AA14U AA- - -- -|        
 2014-2015 Team Grey USA-S155 2 46 -|        
  Edina HighUSHS-MN25 3 36 6|Playoffs2 2 13
  Edina HighMN State3 0 00 2|        
 2015-2016 Team Kelly USA-S165 5 38 0|        
  Edina HighUSHS-MN25 19 1837 14|Playoffs2 0 11
  B16 - Red (Final 54)MNHP-163 2 13 -|        
  Team TDS TransportationUMHSEHL21 10 414 20|        
 2016-2017 Team Royal USA-S175 2 24 -|        
  Edina HighUSHS-MN25 22 2446 6|Playoffs3 2 46
  Team TDS TransportationUMHSEHL20 9 1625 18|      5
  Lincoln StarsUSHL4 0 00 6|        
 2017-2018 Edina HighUSHS-MN25 28 3058 12|Playoffs3 4 610
  Edina HighMN State3 3 811 0|        
  Team TDS TransportationUMHSEHL20 16 2541 14|Playoffs3 3 47
  Sioux City MusketeersUSHL17 2 79 4|        
 2018-2019 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA37 10 1626 16|        
 2019-2020 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA37 11 1930 33|        
 2020-2021 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA31 13 1629 12|        
 2021-2022 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA39 14 1327 20|        
 2022-2023 Minnesota WildNHL9 1 12 0|        
  Iowa WildAHL56 27 2148 23|Playoffs1 0 11
  USAWC1 0 00 0|        
 2023-2024 Minnesota WildNHL4 0 00 0|        
  Iowa WildAHL47 10 2131 12|        

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