28-Year-Old Defenseman – Minnesota Wild
Alex Grant Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild in July of 2017.
Grant inked a one-year, two-way deal with Minnesota on Saturday.
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Grant's name doesn't pop up too often when folks mention Pittsburgh's cache of defensive prospects, but he's put up good numbers in the AHL. Grant collected 10 goals and 37 points in 61 games for the Baby Pens, his third year with the team. The 23 year-old has good size (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) and could get a midseason callup with Pittsburgh if injuries strike. Most likely, though, he'll spend another season in the AHL and potentiallly be part of trade talks, given the number of skilled defenders in the system.
Grant missed most of 2010-11 with a broken wrist, but the 6-foot-3, 190-pound defender, had shown a scoring touch in the QMJHL, averaging nearly a point per game (31 in 37 games) in 2008-09. The right-handed shot also paired with fellow Pittsburgh prospect, Simon Despres, in his last year with the St. John Sea Dogs. Grant has the size and skill to play in the NHL, but he'll likely suit up for the Wilkes-Barre Baby Pens for the next season or two.
After four seasons in the QMJHL, Grant turned pro in 2009-10. The right-handed shot excelled in the ECHL with 27 points (7, 20) in 40 games before moving up to the Baby Pens. Grant collected three goals and five points in 14 AHL contests. At 21, Grant's future is bright, although he probably won't play in the NHL for another season or two.
Grant is one of several promising defensemen in the Penguins' pipeline. He's shown a good blend of offensive production and penalty minutes in the QMJHL. Last year he scored 13 goals and added 37 assists in 60 games. He'll need some time in the AHL before he makes his way to Pittsburgh, but there's a good chance he'll line up in the Consol Energy Center in a few years.