Wild sign former 2nd-round pick to entry-level deal

The Minnesota Wild have signed one of their former second-round draft picks to an entry-level contract.

Wednesday, the team announced the signing of forward Vladislav Firstov to a three-year deal that will start next season. Firstov will spend the rest of this season on an amateur tryout with the Iowa Wild.

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The 20-year-old has spent the past three seasons at the University of Connecticut, recording 58 points (26-32=58). This season, he tallied 23 points (12-11=23) in 35 games, including a career-high four-game point streak on two separate occasions.

Firstov, a native of Yaroslavl, Russia, was tied for second on the UConn roster in goals this season and third in scoring.

He was picked by Minnesota No. 42 overall in the 2019 NHL Draft.