Minnesota Wild Player News: All Positions

News: Dumont signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Monday.
Impact: Dumont hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since 2017-18, so this is purely an organizational depth move. It wouldn't be surprising to see the 28-year-old forward spend the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign with AHL Iowa.
News: Johnson signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Monday.
Impact: Johnson has spent the majority of the past three seasons with AHL Rockford, totaling 78 points in 199 appearances. The 2013 fifth-round pick will likely stick with Minnesota's AHL affiliate for most, if not all of the 2019-20 campaign, so there's no reason for him to be on fantasy owners' radars.
News: Hartman signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Wild on Monday.
Impact: Hartman's tour of middle America continues, as he moves to Minnesota after already playing for Chicago, Nashville and Philadelphia. Though he's been unable to rediscover the scoring touch he showed in a 19-goal rookie season for the Blackhawks in 2016-17, Hartman plays a hard-hitting game that fits perfectly in a bottom-six role.
News: Jenys didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Kings on Tuesday.
Impact: Jenys will thus become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The 2014 seventh-round pick has had trouble hanging onto a spot on an AHL roster during the past two seasons, so he may need to head overseas to continue his career.
News: Salituro will not receive a qualifying offer from Minnesota, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Considering Salituro spent all of 2018-19 playing in the ECHL, so it's not surprising to see the Wild part ways with the center. If the 22-year-old does want to continue playing, he may need to make a move overseas, though the Allen Americans might be willing to re-sign him to an ECHL contract after he put up 22 goals and 39 helpers last year.
News: The Wild aren't going to give Lang a qualifying offer prior to Tuesday's deadline, so he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lang spent the entirety of the 2018-19 season in the ECHL and his hopes of ever cracking an NHL roster are quickly dwindling. He'll likely be hoping to land an AHL-only deal with a different organization this offseason.
News: Warner has received a qualifying offer from the Wild, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Warner was one of AHL Iowa's primary defenders last season, picking up seven points and 97 PIM in 73 regular-season contests before adding four points in 11 playoff games. The 23-year-old's future as an NHLer remains uncertain, but at the very least, he'll continue to be an important piece for Minnesota's minor-league affiliate in 2019-20.
News: Aberg (undisclosed) did not receive a qualifying offer from the Wild on Tuesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Aberg would occasionally sit as a healthy scratch last season, but he found his way into the lineup more often than not and ultimately posted 25 points in 59 games between the Ducks and Wild. Only six of those points came in 22 appearances with Minnesota, however, and the Wild didn't see enough from the Swede to justify keeping him in the organization's plans moving forward.
News: Fiala received a qualifying offer from the Wild on Tuesday, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as the Wild acquired Fiala at the trade deadline last season with the obvious intention of holding onto him. Given Fiala's up-and-down career thus far -- 48 goals, 56 assists in 223 games -- it will be interesting to see what kind of agreement Minnesota will come to with the talented winger.
News: Minnesota has extended Sturm a qualifying offer, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sturm just signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Wild in April, so there was really never any doubt that he'd be qualified ahead of Tuesday's deadline. The 24-year-old German racked up 45 points in 39 games for Clarkson University en route to a Hobey Baker nomination last season.
News: Belpedio was given a qualifying offer by the Wild on Tuesday, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While Belpedio saw action in just two NHL games this season, his 21-point campaign with AHL Iowa was apparently enough for team brass to want to keep him around. If the defenseman signs his offer, he will play under a one-year, two-way contract worth $874,125. The Illinois native figures to spend the bulk of the upcoming year continuing to develop his game in the minors.
News: Soucy received a qualifying offer from the Wild on Tuesday, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Soucy has just three scoreless NHL appearances under his belt, and those came back in 2017-18. That being said, you can never have enough franchise depth on the blue line and Soucy brings an interesting physical profile at 6-foot-5 and 211 pounds.
News: The Wild has extended Donato a qualifying offer, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Donato was one of Minnesota's best players after joining the team via a trade in late February, picking up four goals and 16 points in 22 games while averaging 15:32 of ice time per contest. The 23-year-old American should be ready to take on a full-time, top-six role next season.
News: Eriksson Ek received a qualifying offer from the Wild on Tuesday, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Eriksson Ek isn't a game-changing talent, but the 22-year-old center brings tremendous energy in a bottom-six role and has recorded point totals in the teens in each of the past two seasons. Every team needs affordable bottom-six guys like this, so it was prudent for the Wild to retain the Swede's rights with this move.
News: Hunt signed a two-year, one-way contract extension with the Wild on Monday.
Impact: Hunt will make $1.4 million over the life of the deal. In 42 games between the Golden Knights and Wild in 2018-19, Hunt recorded 12 points. He should continue to fill a third-pairing role in Minnesota.
News: Guskov was drafted 149th overall by the Wild at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: While he got progressively better as the season went along, Guskov's first OHL campaign was underwhelming. He finished with just 12 goals and 30 points in 59 games for London and saw limited power-play time despite coming over from Russia with the reputation of being a big time offensive player. It remains to be seen if Guskov's struggles were simply the result of adjusting to a new country and smaller ice surfaces or something else entirely. His skill level alone makes him a worthy gamble at this point in the draft and the Wild could have a potential steal on their hands if this past season was the result of nothing more than a young kid adjusting to his new surroundings.
News: Beckman was drafted 75th overall by the Wild at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Considering Beckman spent he 2017-18 campaign playing midget hockey in his native Saskatchewan, his first WHL season must be viewed as a rousing success. Beckman scored 32 goals while playing a significant role for a good Spokane club. The question moving forward is how much room is there in his game for further growth? Some scouts are confident his hockey sense and ability to finish around the net will translate to the professional level. Others see a kid who lacks physicality and the ability to contribute in other areas. We won't know which camp is correct for several more seasons.
News: Jones was drafted 59th overall by the Wild at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Jones had another lousy season (3.31 GAA, .902 save percentage) for OHL Peterborough and was no better (4.66 GAA, .862 save percentage) in the postseason. It must be noted that Peterborough was not a good club and Jones was under siege on a seemingly nightly basis. If Jones was playing for London or Guelph or one of the more established teams in the OHL, he likely would have gone higher in the draft. His poor numbers aside, Jones possesses the size (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) and athleticism NHL clubs covet in their goaltenders. Minnesota is taking a calculated risk that Jones' play will improve once he is on a team with a bit more defensive structure.
News: Firstov was drafted 42nd overall by the Wild at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: A product of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv youth program in his native Russia, Firstov elected to spend the 2018-19 season with Waterloo of the USHL before heading to the University of Connecticut this fall. One strong season for the Blackhawks (24 goals, 55 points in 58 games) propelled Firstov from a virtual unknown to a Day 2 draft pick. Firstov skates well, works hard, and has a decent amount of skill. Like many young players he needs to get bigger and stronger, but Firstov has displayed a willingness to go to the difficult areas of the ice to make a play. Hats off to the Wild for making a quality selection.
News: Boldy was drafted 12th overall by the Wild at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Boldy is a big, slick winger with a deadly release. Think Mark Stone or maybe James Neal (when he was in his prime). Skating isn't his strength, but it shouldn't hold him back in the NHL. His puck skills are fabulous -- he has big-game ability. And he's solid in possession, especially on the cycle. But like so many young players, Boldy's consistency has been questioned. Sometimes he's the best player on the ice; sometimes he's invisible. But that will come. His inconsistency in junior can easily be explained by a massive growth spurt -- from 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-2. Teenagers can get gangly in the middle of something like that. Boldy is headed to Boston College, where he will grow his game over the next few years.
News: Koivu (knee) has been given the green light to start skating and should be good to go for Opening Night, as general manager Paul Fenton told reporters, "Mikko has clearance to start to skate...The way he trains and the way he's been progressing I believe he'll be ready."
Impact: Koivu was limited to just 48 appearances for the Wild this season, but still managed to rack up eight goals and 21 helpers. Once fully fit, the veteran center should still be capable of topping the 50-point mark for the eighth time in his career. Concerns over his health could make Koivu a sneaky fantasy play in season-long formats.
News: Bartkowski signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Tuesday.
Impact: Bartkowski essentially spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors, notching four goals and 19 points while posting a plus-11 rating in 70 contests. The 31-year-old blueliner is nothing more than an organizational depth option at this stage in his career and will carry zero fantasy value in 2019-20.
News: Gordeev signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild on Thursday, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Minnesota traded a seventh-round pick to the Maple Leafs in order to acquire Gordeev's rights Thursday, so there was little doubt that he'd be signed to an entry-level contract in short order. The 6-foot-7 blueliner, who was originally selected by Toronto in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Flint Firebirds and Guelph Storm of the OHL, totaling 32 points in 63 appearances. At just 20 years old, Gordeev still has plenty of developing to do before he'll be ready for a look with the big club, so he'll almost certainly spend the entirety of the 2019-20 season in the AHL.
News: Gordeev's player rights were acquired by the Wild from the Maple Leafs for a conditional seventh-round pick, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: Minnesota is expected to sign Gordeev to an entry-level deal, which would see a seventh-round pick headed back to Toronto. If the blueliner doesn't sign, he will be eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft and the Leafs won't get anything in return. The 20-year-old was originally taken in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Draft and just finished up his final year of eligibility in the OHL. In 63 junior contests this season, the Toronto native notched seven goals and 25 assists. If he does ink a deal with the Wild, he figures to spend at least a year or two in the minors developing his game and is probably a long shot to ever break into the NHL.
News: Zucker's future with Minnesota remains very much up in the air, Michael Russo of The Athletic Reports.
Impact: If it weren't for Phil Kessel vetoing a trade that would've seen the Pens' forward shipped to the Wild, Zucker would already be house hunting in Pittsburgh. Instead, for the time being, he remains in Minnesota. The failed deal with the Penguins represents the second time the Wild have attempted to part ways with Zucker in 218-19, having previously failed to trade him to Calgary at the trade deadline. At this point, it seems Zucker's days in Minny are numbered, but where he winds up is anybody's guess.
News: Kunin will join the United States at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.
Impact: Kunin split time between the NHL and AHL this season, making 49 appearances for Minnesota in which he tallied six goals, 11 helpers and 88 shots (all career highs). The center figures to be a near lock for next season's Opening Night roster and will almost certainly remain with the big club for the majority of the campaign.
News: Mayhew inked a two-year, two-way deal with Minnesota on Friday.
Impact: Mayhew went undrafted coming out of Ferris State, but was able to land a spot with AHL Iowa for the past two seasons. After racking up 27 goals and 33 assists in 71 outings this year, the 26-year-old caught the attention of the Wild and will now be playing under an NHL contract. The center figures to start the 2019-20 campaign in the minors, but could earn a call-up or two during the season.
News: Shaw underwent an additional procedure on his surgically repaired ACL in his right knee, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Shaw missed all but one game of the 2017-18 campaign after injuring his knee in a prospect tournament and now could be in doubt heading into 2019-20. After putting up 33 points in 76 games with AHL Iowa this season, the 20-year-old was certainly trending in the right direction. If he is able to suit up for training camp this fall, it could open the door for a potential call-up during the year.
News: Grant signed a new two-year contract with Helsinki Jokerit (KHL) on Thursday.
Impact: Grant racked up 13 goals and 23 helpers in 57 games for Jokerit last season. Selected by the Penguins in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft, the 30-year-old saw action in just seven NHL games with Anaheim and Arizona, with the most recent coming during the 2015-16 campaign. If his strong showing last season didn't earn him a look from an NHL club, the blueliner is unlikely to make his way back into the league at this point and figures to close out his career overseas.
News: Duhaime signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Minnesota on Wednesday. The contract will begin with the 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: The Wild selected Duhaim in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL draft. The 21-year-old American just finished his junior season at Providence College, during which he racked up an admirable 11 goals and 34 points in 42 games. The 6-foot-1 winger will immediately report to AHL Iowa on an amateur tryout offer for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign and will be eligible to participate in the Calder Cup playoffs.