After wrapping up practice at TRIA Rink in downtown St. Paul on Sunday afternoon, the Wild boarded a charter bus headed for Duluth. A few days of team building up north is exactly what players need after a lengthy training camp.

“We haven’t really gotten together with the guys off the ice,” winger Marcus Foligno said. “It’ll be a good time. I think the bus trip will be a blast. Just the boys on the bus. It’ll feel like juniors again.”

The Wild are the only NHL group heading up to Duluth. That was by design after the Wild finalized their opening-night roster on Saturday.

Though its seems like the writing has been on the wall for the past week or so, winger Brandon Duhaime officially won the battle for the final roster spot. He beat out training-camp sensation Adam Beckman and top prospect Marco Rossi for that last roster spot. Meanwhile, fellow top prospect Matt Boldy is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a broken ankle in the preseason finale on Thursday.

“I was definitely excited having that conversation with (general manager Bill Guerin) and (coach Dean Evason),” said Duhaime, who immediately called his mom to tell her the good news. “That was awesome. It was a step in the right direction. I just want to keep moving forward here.”

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Asked why Duhaime made more sense than Beckman or Rossi, Guerin replied, “The role that they play is not necessarily the position we have open.”

In other words, Duhaime is going to play about 10 minutes a game alongside Nico Sturm and opposite Nick Bjugstad. That’s not what the organization has in mind for Beckman and Rossi.

“We don’t want these guys sitting in the stands or playing 10 minutes a game,” Guerin said. “We want them playing a lot of minutes, a lot of games and in a lot of different situations. In our mind, they really handled it great. There’s nothing negative. We have a plan for these guys. They will be here someday.”

As for Duhaime, the Wild were consistently impressed with his grit throughout training camp. He started to separate himself from the pack almost immediately.

“We could see it, like, ‘Wow, he means business. He’s ready,’ ” Guerin said. “Just the impact he can have on our lineup with the youth and the speed and quickness and strength. He plays a physical brand which we really like.”

His journey to this point also has impressed Guerin. After being selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, the 24-year-old Duhaime played at Providence College, then for a couple of seasons with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. He has improved every step of the way.

“His development process has been exactly what we’re talking about,” Guerin said. “He just keeps getting better and he keeps developing, and that’s it. It doesn’t happen overnight for a lot of guys. Just the fact that he went through the process and just kept working and working and working and now he finds himself here.”

As for Beckman, while he was disappointed he didn’t make the team, especially after looking outstanding throughout training camp, he is excited for the next step in his career.

“It’s all for development purposes,” he said. “That’s kind of the way I’m looking at it. Just to continue to try and get better and kind of use it as — maybe not motivation — just another way to get better and hope that I could one day get there.”

Opening-night roster

Forwards: Nick Bjugstad, Matt Boldy (injured), Brandon Duhaime, Joel Eriksson Ek, Kevin Fiala, Marcus Foligno, Freddy Gaudreau, Jordan Greenway, Ryan Hartman, Kirill Kaprizov, Rem Pitlick, Victor Rask, Nico Sturm, Mats Zuccarello

Defensemen: Jordie Benn, Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba, Alex Goligoski, Dimitry Kulikov, Jon Merrill, Jared Spurgeon

Goaltenders: Andrew Hammond, Kaapo Kahkonen, Cam Talbot