According to the team’s website, the Minnesota Wild have signed 2012 2nd rounder Raphael Bussieres to an entry-level deal.
“We’re very pleased to have Raphael under contract,” said Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr. “He’s had a very good year on a quality team in Baie-Comeau that is competing for the QMJHL Championship. We look forward to seeing him in training camp.”
Bussieres, 19, collected 29 goals and 39 assists for 68 points, 43 penalty minutes and a plus-27 rating in 60 games with Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. At 6’1” and 197-pounds, the Longueuil, Quebec native tallied six power play goals and was the team’s third-leading scorer. The 46th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft was named the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Week on November 19th after collecting a whopping 10 points in just three games.
In 18 games this postseason, Raphael has potted four goals and 12 assists for 16 points. His Drakkar currently trail Nathan McKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and the Halifax Mooseheads 3-1 in the QMJHL Finals. If Halifax and Minnesota win, could we see Raphael Bussieres in a Wild sweater sooner than later? Gone Puck Wild will keep you updated as the situation develops.