Wild Sign Kris Foucault To Entry-Level Deal

Yesterday it was Darcy Kuemper, today it is Kris Foucault. From Wild.com

The Wild signed left wing Kris Foucault of the Calgary Hitmen to a three-year entry level deal on Friday, locking up another prospect acquired via the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

In his final season of junior hockey, Foucault led the Hitmen in scoring with 48 points. He tied for the team lead with 25 goals and was third with 23 assists. He also registered 11 multi-point games. At the completion of his season, Foucault signed an amateur tryout contract with the Houston Aeros and appeared in one game.

As far as signings go, this is pretty ho-hum. Foucault has been hit-or-miss throughout his junior career and twenty-five goals as an overager in the WHL is not a great total for a prospect who is seen as a scorer. His one shining moment since being drafted was going on a tear in last season's CHL playoffs (scoring nine goals in twenty-three games) but even then Foucault was not able to follow up this season. I'd be surprised if he makes the big club without adapting his game (i.e. becoming more physical or working on two-way play) but Foucault should be a good addition to the Aeros and Wild organization.

This should be it as far as any other prospect signings go. The team can still sign Jere Sallinen and Kyle Medvec but it appears unlikely the team will do so based on speaking with a couple people in the know. Minnesota can only have fifty players under contract at one time and they are pushing the limit. The fact that those two haven't developed as much as many would like doesn't help either.

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