Hockey news hasn’t completely halted. In fact, the Minnesota Wild made a pair of notable signings Monday morning. The team announced that forward prospects Adam Beckman and Damien Giroux have both agreed to three-year, entry-level contracts.
Beckman, drafted in the third round (No. 75 overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, has turned out to be quite the find for the Wild. In his second full season in the Western Hockey League, the 18-year-old exploded for 48 goals and 59 assists in 63 games. He led the entire WHL in both goals and points while also leading the pack in shots on goal (316) by a country mile. Anaheim Ducks prospect Bryce Kindopp ranked second with 272 on the season — 44 shots fewer than Beckman’s 316.