The Minnesota Wild has agreed to terms with goaltender Brody Hoffman and defenseman Zach Palmquist to entry-level contracts for the 2015-16 season.
Hoffman, 24 (2/18/91), went 13-6-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average (GAA), a .922 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in 22 games during his junior season with the University of Vermont in 2014-15. He ranked second in Hockey East and 18th in the NCAA in GAA. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound native of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, posted a record of 34-33-9 with a 2.45 GAA, a .914 SV% and three shutouts in 78 games during three seasons with the Catamounts.
He went 10-8-1 with a 2.11 GAA and a .925 SV% in 20 games during his sophomore season and ranked third in Hockey East and 11th nationally in GAA and fifth in the league and 18th in the NCAA in SV%. He went 11-19-6 with a 2.86 GAA, a .904 SV% and two shutouts in 36 games for Vermont during his freshman season in 2012-13. Hoffman became the first Catamounts goalie to start every regular season game since Tim Thomas (1996-97). He was the only rookie in the nation to start every regular season contest and was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.
Palmquist, 24 (12/9/90), served as an alternate captain and ranked tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 29 points (8-21=29) including four power-play goals and 22 penalty minutes (PIM) in 40 games during his senior season for the Minnesota State Mavericks in 2014-15. The 6-foot, 175-pound native of South St. Paul, Minn., did not miss a game during his four seasons at Minnesota State playing in a school record 160 consecutive contests and recorded 96 points (25-71=96) and 109 PIM. His point total ranks T-1st amongst school defenseman in the Division I-era (1996-97 to present). Palmquist was named to the All-WCHA First Team in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and a WCHA All-Academic selection in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.