The Minnesota Wild have added some more depth on defense, signing Ian McCoshen to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal is worth $700K at the NHL level. McCoshen was not given a qualifying offer by the Chicago Blackhawks after spending almost the entire 2019-20 season in the minor leagues.
McCoshen, 25, was once a highly-regarded prospect for the Florida Panthers, selected 31st overall in 2013. He spent three years at Boston College following his draft, twice suiting up for Team USA at the World Juniors in the process. When the team convinced him in 2016 to forego his senior year and turn pro, it seemed as though they had a future full-time NHL player on their hands. It hasn’t worked out quite that well, with McCoshen playing just 60 games over three seasons with the Panthers, spending a lot more time in the minor leagues than the NHL.
Last October, he was sent to the Blackhawks in a trade for Aleksi Saarela and spent the rest of the year with the Rockford IceHogs. He failed to create much offense for the AHL club and obviously wasn’t in the team’s plans this offseason.
In Minnesota, it’s going to be difficult for McCoshen to see much NHL action given the wealth of defenders ahead of him on the depth chart. The team re-signed Carson Soucy this offseason, giving them six defensemen earning at least $2.25MM and seven on one-way contracts.