Fresh on the heels of scoring an overtime goal last night in Dallas, defenseman Marco Scandella
will have another reason to smile this evening. The Wild has signed the blueliner to a five-year contract extension through the 2019-20 campaign.
“Marco has shown tremendous improvement in his career and is one of the best young, two-way defensemen in the NHL,” said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. “He is a hard-working, energetic player who is just scratching the surface of his potential in the NHL.”
Scandella, 24, has scored eight points (5-3=8), including three game-winning goals, a plus-7 rating and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 20 games with Minnesota this season. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound native of Montreal, Que., recorded the game-winning goal in the Wild’s 5-4 overtime win Friday night in Dallas. He leads NHL defensemen in game-winning goals and ranks tied for sixth in goals. Scandella leads Minnesota in game-winning goals and PIM, is third in blocked shots, fourth in hits and his five goals this season is a new career high. He has tallied 40 points (12-28=40) and 77 PIM in 185 games during five seasons with the Wild. Scandella was selected by Minnesota in the second round (55th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.