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The Minnesota Wild have signed have signed rookie goaltender Johan Gustafsson to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Wild announced the signing on Thursday, giving them five picks from the 2010 draft under contract. The 20-year-old Gustafsson had a 1.68 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in the Swedish Elite League this season. He also helped lead Sweden to the gold medal at the 2012 world junior championship.
Gustafsson was a sixth-round pick in 2010. He will help add depth to the organization at goaltender behind Niklas Backstrom. It also could increase the likelihood that free agent veteran Josh Harding does not return.
Backstrom is entering the final year of his deal and the Wild also have Matt Hackett and Darcy Kuemper with their AHL team in Houston.
BEST OF MAXIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild keep adding young talent to their system.
Minnesota announced Thursday it has signed goaltender Johan Gustafsson to an entry-level contract just in front of the June 1 deadline to reach a deal with the young Swedish netminder. Drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, Gustafsson had to be signed by June 1 or the team would have lost his rights...
Here's the press release from the Wild:
MINNESOTA WILD SIGNS GOALTENDER
JOHAN GUSTAFSSON TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. â Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Johan Gustafsson (pronounced YOH-han GUHS-tahf-suhn) to an entry-level contract.
The Minnesota Wild were so excited to announce the signing of Finnish phenom Mikael Granlund last week that they wanted to make the addition of their long-awaited top prospect special.
They had Granlund offer the news himself via recorded video with a greeting to the fans. The video first hit the team's website before any press release or news conference. Minnesota also announced...
The Minnesota Wild agreed to a contract with goaltender Johan Gustafsson on Friday, the last day before he would have returned to the draft pool. Gustafsson agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal. The sixth-round pick of the 2010 NHL draft was part of Sweden's gold-medal winning team at this year's world junior championship. He had a 1.68 goals-against average while...
Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding already seemed likely to hit the marketplace as an unrestricted free agent this summer.But that possibility became a certainty when his team signed Swedish goaltender Johan Gustafsson, a sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft, to a standard entry-level contract.Gustafsson joins Houston Aeros goaltenders Matt Hackett and Darcy Kuemper in the competition...