SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Cody Almond to an Entry Level contract.
Almond, 19 (7/24/89), established new career-highs with 33 goals, 33 assists and a plus-15 rating in 70 games with the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta registered 105 penalty minutes (PIM) and ranked tied for second on the team in goals, third in scoring and added five power play goals, three game-winning tallies and two shorthanded markers. He recorded five points (2-3=5) and was plus-6 in a first round sweep of Kamloops in the WHL’s Western Conference quarterfinals. The Rockets open its semifinal series against Tri-City on Friday. Almond ranked 14th amongst WHL rookies in scoring in 2006-07 with 43 points (15-28=43) in 68 contests.
He was selected by Minnesota in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.