The Minnesota Wild selected Swedish-born defenseman Gustav Bouramman with the 201st overall pick in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Now, they’ve opted to ink him to an entry-level deal.
The Wild announced on Friday morning that Bouramman, who is coming off his second season playing with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, has inked a deal with the Central Division club. Per Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune, he’ll arrive in Minnesota in a week and a half, where he and the team will decide whether he’ll play hockey overseas next year on a potential pro deal in Sweden or if he’ll remain in the major juniors for one final year.
A native of Stockholm, the 19-year-old Bouramman has put up over 40 points in each of his last two years of major junior hockey in the Soo, putting up 44 points in 67 games his draft year and 46 points in 68 games this past season. He could go pro in Sweden next year, leaving the Greyhounds behind – but with an entry-level deal for a North American team already signed now, it certainly seems possible he could stick around the OHL for one more year.
With this deal signed, the Wild now have two of their 2015 draft picks under lock. Bouramman will join Joel Eriksson-Ek, a Swedish center selected in the first round by the club, as the only players under contract with the club heading into the 2016-17 season.