The Minnesota Wild have come to terms with forwards Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan on one-year, two-way deals.
Fontaine, a member of the 2010-11 NCAA Champion University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, made his professional debut the following season as a member of then-Wild affiliate Houston Aeros. While in Houston the past two seasons, Fontaine, a winger, appeared in 146 games, talling 42 goals and 77 assists.
Fontaine, 25, signed his professional contract as an undrafted free agent with the Wild in April of 2011. The Bonnyville, Alta., native has a nice scoring touch and though he’s not the biggest body — he stands at 5’10” and weights 170 lbs. — he is effective from the perimeter and isn’t afraid to do what it takes to get the puck to the net.
McMillan, a 24-year-old from Brandon, Man., was a seventh round pick of the Wild in 2007. At 200th overall — nearly the last pick in the draft — McMillan has played well above what you imagine Minnesota had expected of him. In his four AHL seasons, McMillan has been an effective depth player for their AHL club, and has gotten the call to the NHL 15 times. In his 278 AHL games, McMillan has registered 32 goals and 31 assists, but has tallied two goals and three helps in his short span in the NHL.