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Sam Anas Signs with Minnesota Wild

Matt Dewkett

Quinnipiac free agent junior forward Sam Anas has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman

Anas was a key figure in Quinnipiac's outstanding season where the Bobcats spent a good chunk of the year as the country's number one team and finished runner up for the NCAA title. Anas finished this year with a career high 24-26-50 in 43 games.

We ranked Anas as the 14th-best free agent and 98th-best overall NHL prospect in the NCAA this season:

Anas is the type of player that wouldn't have even received a look from the NHL a decade ago. He's generously listed at 160 lbs., but it's impossible to ignore his scoring ability. He has a very strong stick and tremendous shot which has allowed him to score over 20 goals in each of his first three NCAA seasons, something no other NCAA player has done. Anas will likely have to keep scoring at that pace at the pro level because he's not as effective in other areas due to his size, but his offensive instincts are difficult to teach.

Anas should provide some much-needed forward depth to the Minnesota Wild system.