The Florida Panthers have acquired minor league defenseman Gustav Bouramman from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for future considerations, marking another move by new Wild GM Bill Guerin. The 22-year old has one-year remaining on his entry-level contract and played last season for the Iowa Wild.
Bouramman was selected 201st overall back in 2015 after an excellent OHL debut and continued to move the puck and contribute offensively for the Soo Greyhounds through the end of the 2016-17 season. In his first season of professional hockey, the Swedish defenseman recorded 28 points in 54 games for the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL and impressed enough to be included as part of the Iowa blueline. He’ll now join the Florida organization and likely get a chance to play again in the AHL this season.
Trading a player for future considerations is normally to either clear a contract slot or is followed closely by a deal including a player on an AHL contract. For Minnesota this is likely about the former. The team was at 47/50 contracts before the move (though Alexander Khovanov will come off that total), but still have Kevin Fiala and Louis Belpedio sitting as restricted free agents. A move like this clears some space for additional signings or adds some flexibility for waiver pickups at the end of training camp. With Guerin taking control of the team and wanting to make his own stamp, it makes a lot of sense to give himself wiggle room to operate.