The Minnesota Wild have locked up an important prospect, signing Jordan Greenway to a three-year entry-level contract. Greenway has just finished his junior season with Boston University, and will immediately join the Wild. The first season of the deal will be for 2017-18, meaning Greenway is eligible to suit up for Minnesota in the playoffs. The contract is worth an average annual value of $925K, and also includes both schedule A and B performance bonus. To make room, the Wild have assigned Zack Mitchell to the AHL.
Greenway, 21, has had quite the impressive few years since being selected in the second round of the 2015 draft. While playing for BU, he suited up for both the World Juniors and World Championships last season, winning a gold medal in the former. This year, after aging out of the junior tournament, he instead pulled on a Team USA sweater at the Olympics. Greenway is a huge, pro-ready player that can use his physicality to completely dominate the competition. Standing 6’6″ 226-lbs, there are hardly any hockey players in the world that can push him around, but he also brings excellent skill and creativity along with the size.
Scoring 35 points in 36 games, Greenway led a talented BU squad that included players like Brady Tkachuk and Shane Bowers. Minnesota will hope that scoring touch continues down the stretch, as he’ll likely be inserted right into the lineup to try and make a difference in their playoff aspirations. The Wild are currently in third place in the Central Division, but certainly not out of the fire just yet. With several teams on their heels, the last seven games aren’t just a warm up for the postseason.