ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Alexander Khovanov to a three-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2019-20 season.
Khovanov, 18, collected 74 points (25-49=74) and 94 penalty minutes (PIM) in 64 games with the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season. He led the team in power play assists (26) and PIM, ranked second in game-winning goals (seven), third in scoring, assists, power-play goals (seven) and shots on goal (175) and fourth in goals. The 5-foot-11, 197-pound native of Saratov, Russia, ranked second in the QMJHL in power-play assists, eighth in PIM, T-10th in assists and T-11th in game-winning goals. Khovanov tallied 28 points (9-19=28) in 29 games with Moncton during his rookie season in 2017-18.
Moncton begins its first round QMJHL playoff series against Baie-Comeau on Friday.
Minnesota selected Khovanov in the third round (86th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Wild selects Khovanov 86th overall
Video: Alexander Khovanov on getting drafted by Wild
Video: Wild signs Alexander Khovanov