ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Louie Belpedio to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$100,000).
Belpedio, 23, tallied 21 points (6-15=21) including three power-play goals (PPG), 50 penalty minutes (PIM) and 147 shots on goal in 70 games with the Iowa Wild during his rookie season in the American Hockey League (AHL) last season. He led team defensemen in goals, PPG and shots and ranked T-3rd in assists and third in scoring. Belpedio ranked fourth amongst AHL rookie defensemen in shots on goal, T-6th in PPG and T-13th in goals. He added three points (1-2=3) in 11 Calder Cup Playoff games. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound native of Skokie, Ill., also appeared in two NHL games with Minnesota in 2018-19.
The right-shot defenseman owns 23 points (6-17=23) in 80 career AHL games with Iowa and two assists in three career NHL contests with Minnesota. He recorded two assists in his NHL debut at San Jose on April 7, 2018, to become the first rookie in franchise history to record two points in his debut.
Belpedio recorded 30 points (9-21=30) and appeared in all 37 games for Miami University (NCHC) during his senior season (2017-18) setting career highs in goals, assists and points and was named to the All-NCHC Second Team. He served as captain for the second consecutive season and led the team in shots on goal (126), power-play points (17) and power-play assists (12), ranked T-1st in assists, second in plus/minus rating (plus-4), T-2nd in scoring and power-play goals (5) and third in blocked shots (46).
Minnesota selected Belpedio in the third round (80th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.