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Wild sign AHL veteran Jean-Michael Daoust

May 14, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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Always in the need for some more scoring, especially from talented
wingers, the Minnesota Wild have signed minor league hockey veteran
Jean-Michael Daoust to a one-year contract. Daoust has was once part of
the Pittsburgh Penguins system, before signing as a free agent with the
Houston Aeros of the AHL.

The 26-year old  was the leading scorer
for the Aeros last season, with 55 points in 78 games. While it’s just a
two-way contract, it’s a good deal for both sides as the Wild now have
another option on the wing for next season.

He’s not exactly going to step in and set the world on fire in
Minnesota, but a team that is still struggling to overcome the defensive
trap systems of years past can always use goal-scoring wingers. From
the team’s press release:

“Jean-Michel had a great
season to lead Houston in scoring and showcased
his skill on a consistent basis,” said Assistant to the General Manager
Jim Mill, who also serves as the Aeros General Manager. “He has earned
this opportunity.”

The 26-year-old’s contract is a two-way deal after he signed an AHL free
agent contract last season. In a season full of Wild call-ups from
Houston, Daoust wasn’t eligible to join the NHL club unless the team had
signed him mid-season, and tore up his AHL deal.

“I knew he was a really good player in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton,” said Mill
when asked if Daoust’s production surprised him. “He worked his way up
from the ECHL to the American League, and he never gave up. He always
kept working, and he really did a great job last year.” 

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