Sheppard makes the Wild
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center James Sheppard to an Entry Level Contract.
“We’re pleased with James’ development since we drafted him in the summer of 2006 and we feel that his development will be best served by being on our club,” said Risebrough.>> press release
Sheppard was picked ninth overall in 2006 after a 30-goal season in the QMJHL, and followed that up last season with 96 points in 56 games. He's not a big guy like Staal, however, and faces a bit of a logjam in Minnesota for a scoring-line position.
It'll be interesting to see how he fits in — and if he survives past the 10-game mark.