SAINT PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the NHL club has acquired defenseman Brad Hunt and a sixth-round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Minnesota's 2019 conditional fifth-round pick. In addition, the Wild reassigned defenseman Louie Belpedio to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Hunt, 30 (8/24/88), has recorded seven points (2-5=7) in 13 games with Las Vegas this season. The 5-foot-9, 187-pound native of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, set a career-high with 18 points (3-15=18) in 45 games with the Golden Knights last season. He owns 34 points (7-27=34) in 91 career NHL contests over six seasons with Edmonton, St. Louis, Nashville and Vegas. The left-shot defenseman collected 209 points (57-152=209) in 287 career AHL games (2011-2017). He also skated in four seasons with Bemidji State University, totaling 112 points (24-88=112) in 150 games (2008-2012). The blueliner originally signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton in 2013 and made his NHL debut Jan. 3, 2014 at Anaheim.
Belpedio, 22 (5/4/96), skated in two games with Minnesota after being recalled from Iowa on Jan. 18. He has tallied 10 points (3-7=10) in 40 games with the Wild this season. He ranks first amongst team defensemen in shots (80) and T-2nd in goals and penalty minutes (PIM). The 5-foot-11, 196-pound native of Skokie, Ill., also ranks second amongst AHL rookie defensemen in PIM (42), fourth in shots and is one of 11 League rookie defensemen with at least one game-winning goal.
The Minnesota Wild visits the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 p.m. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.