The Minnesota Wild announced they have signed collegiate star Nick Swaney to a one-year entry-level contract. The deal will begin in the 2021-22 season, with Swaney joining the AHL’s Iowa Wild on an amateur tryout for the rest of this season.
Swaney, 23, was a seventh-round pick in 2017, just a few selections from the end of the draft. An undersized forward, he had done well in the USHL but was barely considered an NHL prospect at that point. Four years later after an excellent college career and he’s earned an NHL deal with his hometown team.
A native of Lakeville, just outside Minneapolis, Swaney went to the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he had 101 points in 134 games, winning two national championships. He was an NCHC First Team All-Star this season after scoring 28 points in 28 games, but UMD wasn’t able to complete the trifecta.
With his college career behind him, Swaney could have waited until August to become an unrestricted free agent. But what better way to start your career than with Minnesota, where he’ll join the AHL and try to continue to prove everyone wrong.