For a few prospects in the Wild farm system, a back-and-forth battle that has spanned most of training camp is finally coming to a close.

On Sunday afternoon, the Wild are expected to finalize their roster for the Oct. 15 season opener against the Anaheim Ducks. When that happens, the Wild will board a bus to Duluth for a few days of team building.

With the recent addition of former Gophers star Rem Pitlick, the Wild likely only have room for one prospect on their initial roster. As coach Dean Evason has reiterated over the past week, it’s going to be an excruciatingly tough decision.

“We are going to speak to some people that aren’t going to be here that are going to believe that they should probably be here,” Evason said. “But that doesn’t mean that they’re not going to be here. Just because maybe they’re not here tomorrow or in a week doesn’t mean that they’re not going to be here in two weeks or a month or two months or whatever. That’s what we’re trying to stress. Just go about your business.”

Who’s going to make the team? Here’s a look at the candidates:

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Brandon Duhaime

It’s pretty much an open secret that Brandon Duhaime is the leader in the clubhouse for the final roster spot. He has had a solid training camp, and maybe most telling, Evason recently raved about the impact he’s going to have at the NHL level.

What exactly does Duhaime bring? A little bit of everything.

Not only does he have the size to compete with a 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame, he has the speed needed to stress opposing teams in the open ice. Add in the fact that Duhaime is also more than willing to drop the gloves and he’s exactly the type of player general manager Bill Guerin wants in the bottom half of the lineup.

Adam Beckman

No prospect had a better training camp than Adam Beckman. In less than a month, he went from an unknown commodity within the organization to a player Wild fans everywhere want to see in the lineup.

Aside from his ability to score goals — he has a team-high four in the preseason — Beckman has made a point to bring an edge to his game. He completed a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, an assist and a fight in a game earlier this week.

Matt Boldy

There’s no chance Matt Boldy makes the team at this point, which is unfortunate considering he had a very good training camp. The only reason Boldy isn’t still in consideration for the final roster spot is because he suffered what looked to be a serious lower-body injury in Thursday’s preseason game against Chicago. An MRI is scheduled for Friday afternoon. The results of that will give a better indication of how much time Boldy is going to miss.

Marco Rossi

Though he entered training camp with a lot of hype, it always seemed like Marco Rossi was a long shot to make the team. That makes sense considering he missed all of last season with COVID complications. Still, his skill set is undeniable, and it’s only a matter of time before Rossi is making an impact at the NHL level. In the meantime, he seems destined for the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, where he will get some much-needed professional experience.