Minnesota Wild Sign Prospect Rasmus Kumpulainen

The Minnesota Wild have made a move, as they have signed forward prospect Rasmus Kumpulainen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Kumpulainen, 18, was selected by the Wild with the 53rd overall pick of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-2 center is viewed as having good upside, so getting him signed to this entry-level contract (ELC) early is a smart decision by the organization.

Kumpulainen has appeared in 56 games this season with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he has 28 goals to go along with 55 points. Being nearly a point-per-game in junior is quite encouraging, and now his goal will be to continue to trend in the right direction with his development. With that, he has been on fire as of late, posting three goals and eight points over his last five games and 14 points in his last 10 games. 

Kumpulainen is likely still a few years away from being ready for the NHL, but there is no question that he has the potential to be an impactful player later down the road for the Wild. We will need to wait and see how he develops from here now that he has officially earned his ELC from Minnesota. 

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