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SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- One of the Minnesota Wild's top recent draft choices, Jason Zucker, is ready to make the jump straight from college hockey to the NHL.
Zucker, 20, signed an entry-level contract on Tuesday and will join the Wild on Wednesday, just four days after his Denver University team lost in the first-round of the NCAA tournament. Zucker had 22 goals and 24 assists in 38 games as a sophomore for the Pioneers. His 22 goals ranked second in the WCHA and 13th in the NCAA. He also was the Team USA captain at the 2012 World Junior Championship and had 23 goals and 22 assists in 40 games during his WCHA Freshman of the Year season at Denver.
Zucker, selected in the second round (No. 59 overall) of the 2010 NHL draft, is one of two U.S. players to win three gold medals in one calendar year. He won gold at the 2009 and 2010 World Under-18 Championships as well as the 2010 World Junior Championship.
"After two successful seasons at the University of Denver, Jason, his representation, and Wild management have agreed that it was the right time for Jason to turn pro," assistant general manager Brent Flahr said in a statement. "He has achieved great personal success in a short period of time at both the collegiate and national team levels. We are very excited to have Jason under contract and look forward to seeing his development within the Wild organization."
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The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Jason Zucker to an entry-level contract, planning to give one of their top prospects a taste of NHL playing time before the end of the season.
The deal was announced on Tuesday. Zucker was expected to join the team for practice on Wednesday and play on Thursday against the Florida Panthers.
Zucker was the Wild's second-round draft pick...
Sounds like former DU Pioneer's star Jason Zucker is going to play for the Minnesota Wild Right away, as early has this Thursday. With Zucker signing a deal right away, this will cause Zucker to burn the first year of a three year deal.
Russo's Rants --- Jason Zucker has signed with the Wild, a three-year entry-level deal, starting this season.
He gets $70...
The Minnesota Wild signed prospect Jason Zucker to an entry-level contract on Tuesday.
Zucker, who was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, will join the club on Wednesday and play in Thursday's tilt versus the Florida Panthers.
The captain of the United States' World Junior Championship team, Zucker collected 22 goals and 24 assists during his sophomore season with the...
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild stormed to the top of the NHL standings in December, surpassing nearly everyone's expectations of a club that had missed the playoffs three straight years.
In truth, Minnesota might have been exceeding even its own expectations. General manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant GM Brent Flahr and coach Mike Yeo believe in the way the organization...
Here's the press release:
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. â Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Jason Zucker (pronounced ZOOKER) to an entry-level contract. Zucker will join the team on Wednesday and be available to the media following the Wildâs 11 am practice at Xcel Energy Center...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Much to the chagrin of the Minnesota Wild, Marian Gaborik still knows how to make himself feel at home at the Xcel Energy Center.
In his second game back in the building he excelled in for so many years as a member of the Wild, Gaborik helped the New York Rangers stay atop the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win.
Gaborik, Minnesota's first-ever draft pick as...
ST. PAUL, Minn. J.P. Parise had long been retired from the NHL when his former team, the Minnesota North Stars, were packed up and moved down to Dallas.
Parise settled in Minnesota after his playing career ended, but the shock of the North Stars leaving didn't hit him right away in 1993 when owner Norm Green took the team to Texas. It wasn't until a year later when the...
Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom, Erik Christensen and Mike Yeo talk about the 3-2 overtime win on Thursday.
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Minnesota Wild tonight at Xcel Energy Center (8:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), to begin a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 47-21-7 (101 pts). The Rangers [...]
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Top 5 Scorers:
1. #15 Dany Heatley
2. #21 Kyle Brodziak...
With the Minnesota Wild out of the Western Conference playoff hunt, the New York Rangers will look to go “wild” in Minnesota tonight and pick-up the two points that they need to keep pace in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
With no signs of slowing down, the Pittsburgh Penguins look like the team to beat in the NHL right now. They are just one point behind the Blueshirts...
The New York Rangers (47-21-7) visit the Minnesota Wild (31-34-10) at Xcel Energy Center starting at 8:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: MSG; Radio: ESPN Radio 1050AM, XM 205Live Stream (Don't click on ads in stream...