Russo broke the story today that the Minnesota Wild will sign UMass sophomore forward Casey Wellman to a two-year, $1.8 million contract. You can read all of the details in BR's post below or Russo's blog.
One big thing about Wellman is that he plays center. The Wild aren't exactly overflowing with centers. This gives Wellman a lot greater of an opportunity to come to the team and get more of a chance. At this point in the season, might as well see what the guy can do at the NHL level.
But really, who is Casey Wellman...
There's not a whole lot of information out there yet on Wellman past his stats, but here's a briefing on what we do know about the Wild's latest signing. Study up and get to know him a bit before his debut.
Hometown: Brentwood, California
Past teams: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL), UMass
Strengths: Great shot, speed
Number: Wore #70 for most of his career but was #7 for UMass [Clayton Stoner currently wears #7 for the Wild]
- Helped lead his high school, Cranbrook Kingswood, to two State Championships
- Played on the power play for UMass
- Showed good chemistry on a top line with junior James Marcou
- Attended the Nashville Predators' development camp this past summer
- Intended major was Business
- Father, Brad, played Major League Baseball