The Minnesota Wild have just added two players to their roster.
According to a report from Minnesota Wild insider Mike Russo of The Athletic, the Wild came to terms with prospects Adam Beckman and Damien Giroux on Monday inking both players to their first ever National Hockey League contracts. The moves come amid the suspension of the 2019 - 2020 National Hockey League regular season but it is a sign that as everything has shut down around the league, first time NHL general manager Bill Guerin continues to work hard behind the scenes as he looks to rebuild the struggling Wild franchise into something that will more closely resemble his vision for what an NHL organization should look like.
Adam Beckman, a winger, is just 18 years old and is a former third round (75th overall) pick of the Minnesota Wild at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his most recent season as a member of the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League where he had an outstanding campaign, recording 48 goals and 59 assists for a whopping 107 points over just 63 games played. There is no doubt that his breakout season is why the Wild jumped at the chance to get him signed early in spite of his relatively young age.
Giroux on the other hand is 20 years of age and was selected by the Wild one year earlier in the 5th round (155th overall) ofthe 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Giroux spent his last season in the Ontario Hockey League where he played for the Saginaw Spirit, appearing in 61 games and recording 44 goals and 31 assists for a combined 75 points on the season.
The Wild, and by extension general manager Bill Guerin, are obviously hoping that both of these men will become important pieces of the organization's future, especially important to a team like the Minnesota Wild. It is no secret that the Wild's group of forwards largely features an aging core of players and no doubt Guerin will look to inject a lot of youth into that group in the coming years if he hopes to once again return this team to its status as a perennial playoff contender.