Wild sign 2016 pick, hire director of hockey ops

The Wild have signed Providence forward Brandon Duhaime to a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2019-20 season, the team announced Wednesday.

Providence lost to Minnesota Duluth in the Frozen Four semifinals on April 11. He will join the Iowa Wild for the Calder Cup playoffs, which begins Sunday against Milwaukee in Des Moines.

Duhaime, 21, was a fourth-round pick for the Wild in the 2016 Entry Draft and the organization’s most improved player during the 2017 development camp. He collected 11 goals and 34 points in 42 games with Providence this season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound left-shot forward set career highs in goals, assists, points and games played.

General manager Paul Fenton hired Chris O’Hearn as the new director of hockey operations. Last week, Fenton decided not to renew the contracts of director of player personnel Andrew Brunette, assistant general manager Shep Harder and lead analytics guru Andrew C. Thomas.

“When a new general manager comes in, at times there are going to be changes,” Fenton said last week. “We don’t need to go into everything that we do internally. That’s why I’m the hierarchy here, and I’ll take the bullets for the way things are handled.”

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O’Hearn spent the 2018-19 season as a professional scout for the Calgary Flames. Prior to working for the Flames, he spent 11 seasons with the Arizona Coyotes, including the last three seasons as assistant general manager.

His responsibilities with the Coyotes cheap nhl jerseys china
included player contract research and negotiations, scheduling, salary arbitration and salary cap management.

For the second straight season Jason Zucker was the Wild nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy given annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

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