The Minnesota Wild have started re-signing their young players, reaching a two-year agreement with Gustav Olofsson worth a total of $1.45MM. The 22-year old was a restricted free agent, and will now play on a bridge deal to see if he is worth a long-term agreement.
Selected 46th-overall in the 2013 draft, Olofsson got into 13 games this season for the Wild and recorded three points. The team has big plans for the second-rounder, and now have some cost certainty for the next couple of seasons on the depth defenseman. With Minnesota entertaining trade offers for defensemen, and not qualifying Christian Folin today there could be a real chance that Olofsson gets a regular shift on the blueline next year. Though he doesn’t have much NHL experience, he’s performed admirably at the AHL level and is likely due for a prolonged look at the top level.