Wild sign high-scoring forward from juniors

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild added another young forward without worrying about next week’s NHL trade deadline or this summer’s draft.

Minnesota announced Saturday it signed center Brady Brassart to a three-year, entry-level contract. A 6-foot-2, 196-pound free agent, Brassart is playing with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League at 20 years old.

Brassart leads Calgary with 75 points (33 goals, 42 assists) and is 15th in the WHL in scoring and tied for 16th in goals. He has 10 power-play goals and six game-winning goals to go with a plus-17 rating and 90 penalty minutes in 62 games.

"Brady has had a strong (overall) season and we are very happy that he chose to sign with the Minnesota Wild," assistant general manager Brent Flahr said in a release by the team. "He’s a good-sized center that plays a mature two-way game. He can play in all situations and we look forward to his transition to professional hockey next season."

Brassart has 110 goals and 149 assists, 370 penalty minutes and a plus-98 rating in 315 WHL games in five seasons.

Curry, Kampfer reassigned: With goaltender Niklas Backstrom back and backing up Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota reassigned goaltender John Curry to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. The team also reassigned defenseman Steven Kampfer to Iowa.

Neither player appeared in a game for Minnesota after being recalled last week for precautionary measures.

Curry, 30, is 7-5-2 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in 15 games with Iowa this year and was recently signed to a two-way contract by the Wild. Kampfer, 25, has five goals and 14 assists in 49 games for Iowa this season.

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