With plenty of fresh talent now available in college free agency, the Wild has added a young prospect in forward Grayson Downing. Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced that Minnesota has signed Downing, a former University of New Hampshire Wildcat, to a two-year entry-level contract starting with the 2015-16 season.
Downing recorded 36 points (21-15=36) including five power-play goals and four game-winning tallies in 38 games during his senior season at the University of New Hampshire in 2014-15. He led the Wildcats in goals and ranked second in scoring. The 22-year-old's goal total ranked T-3rd in Hockey East and T-13th in the NCAA. The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, collected 112 points (56-56=112) and 120 penalty minutes in 144 games during four seasons with New Hampshire. Downing played three seasons (2008-11) with the Westside Warriors in the British Columbia Hockey League prior to going to New Hampshire.
The Wildcats lost to Boston University in the Hockey East Semifinals on March 20, 4-1. He will report to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of this season.