Grand Forks native Luke Johnson has signed a two-year, two-way deal with the Minnesota Wild.
Johnson, who made his NHL debut last season for the Chicago Blackhawks, will make $700,000 if he's in the NHL. If he's with Minnesota's American Hockey League affiliate, the Iowa Wild, he will make $175,000 this season and $200,000 next season.
Johnson won high school state championships with both Grand Forks Red River and Grand Forks Central. He also won an NCAA national championship with UND in 2016.
Johnson served as UND's second-line center on the championships team, consistently tasked with shutting down opponents' top lines.
With the Wild, Johnson will likely be a depth forward with potential to play either center or right wing.
Last season, he played 15 games for the Blackhawks, tallying one assist.
He had 18 goals and 31 points in 53 games for Chicago's top minor-league affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, where he served as an alternate captain.
Johnson became an unrestricted free agent when the Blackhawks declined to send him a qualifying offer.
UND's other unrestricted free agents include Zane McIntyre of Thief River Falls, Keaton Thompson of Devils Lake, Cam Johnson and Drew Stafford.
Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks) and Christian Wolanin (Ottawa Senators) are restricted free agents, likely to sign with their current teams.