Report: Wild Moving To Sign Undrafted Defenceman Guillaume Gélinas

Claus Andersen

The Wild are reportedly making another sly move to sign the undrafted 21 year old defenceman.

It's been reported by TVA Sports that the Wild have secured the signature of undrafted 21 year old defenceman Guillaume Gelinas of Val-d'Or Foreurs in the QMJHL (Marco Scandella's old junior team). The Wild reportedly beat out two other NHL teams to give him his first professional contract.

On his Twitter feed, Michael Russo is playing down the signing saying that free agency doesn't begin until July 1st, but it's possible that the Wild could have a verbal agreement in place. We'll keep you notified here if this becomes more concrete.

After playing in the QMJHL since 2009-10, Gelinas just had is best year, scoring 92 points in 67 games which earned him the Emile Bouchard award for the league's best defenceman. He was fantastic in the Memorial Cup and showed great determination to play a length semi-final game while heavily injured.


-Here is his basic info:

Age

21

Position

D

Height

5'9"

Weight

181 lbs

Nation

Canada

Shoots

L


-Here's a short description of him from McKeen's Hockey:

Undersized overager who dominated every offensive category by a defenseman in both regular season (67GP-23G-92P) and playoffs (24GP-11G-34P) is also playing for a professional contract.

It's still unclear whether or not he will join the Wild but, if he does, this seems like a low risk/high reward signing that could, at best, give the Wild a surprising new talent that slipped under other teams noses or, at worst, provide more depth in Iowa.

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