The Minnesota Wild have signed prospect Caedan Bankier to a three-year, entry-level contract that kicks in for 2023-24. Bankier plays for the Kamloops Blazers, meaning he’s ticketed for a Memorial Cup appearance with the host city this spring.
Selected 86th overall in 2021, Bankier has developed nicely for the Wild since and was even included on Team Canada at the recent World Juniors, winning gold. While he played a limited role on that team, he stars in Kamloops, where he has scored 30 goals and 62 points in 44 games this season.
With a long reach and good speed, Bankier has been able to convert on a lot of the excellent scoring chances that Dallas Stars prospect Logan Stankoven has created. Eleven of his 30 goals have come with the man advantage, tying him for 17th in the WHL in that category. He has also chipped in two shorthanded goals, a role he may play professionally.
Despite his 6’2″ frame, though, Bankier doesn’t use his size enough as an advantage, but may grow into that physicality in the future. Next season, he’ll be eligible to play with the Iowa Wild, where his offensive game will be tested against more experience defenders.