It will be announced this afternoon that the Minnesota Wild has signed goaltending prospect Darcy Kuemper to a three-year entry level deal. Kuemper, who posted eye-popping numbers with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League last season, was named the WHL Goaltender and Player of the Year.
Kuemper led the WHL in every major goaltending category including wins (45), goals against average (1.86), save percentage (.933) and shutouts (12).
Kuemper’s stellar season led to speculation that he would be difficult to sign, and if the Wild had not come to an agreement with him, he could have regained his draft eligibility in June. That no longer becomes a concern and Kuemper joins the Wild organization that also features highly touted goaltending prospects in German Dennis Endras and Matt Hackett, who has backstopped the Houston Aeros to the Calder Cup Finals.
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