The Minnesota Wild have locked up Sam Anas for a while, signing the minor league forward to a two-year, two-way contract extension. Anas was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer. He’ll now become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.
Undrafted, Anas signed out of Quinnipiac University in 2016 after a huge junior season that saw him register 50 points in 43 games. The 5’8″ 160-lbs forward didn’t stop scoring when he turned pro, and put up 61 points this season for the Iowa Wild. That earned him the single-season franchise record in goals along with records for longest point streak and longest goal streak.
Though he didn’t get an opportunity in the NHL this season, that could be coming after the Wild signed him to another contract. The two-way nature of the deal suggests that he’ll still be spending time in the minors, but is a clear sign that he’s moving up the Minnesota depth chart. Should he make it into the league he would likely find success in offensive situations, but he’ll have to show that he can contribute at both ends in order to become a full-time NHL player.