The Minnesota Wild have signed five players to two-way contracts: Kyle Rau, Ryan Murphy, winger Landon Ferraro, center Cal O’Reilly, defenseman Alex Grant and goalie Niklas Svedberg.
Rau is an Eden Prairie native and former Minnesota Gopher. In two full pro seasons, he has scored 27 AHL goals in 111 games and two NHL goals in 33 games.
Murphy is a former first-round pick who has struggled to stick in the NHL, playing 151 games and producing 37 points.
Ferraro has been a solid AHL scorer and has played 76 games in the NHL, adding six goals and five assists as a fourth-liner.
O’Reilly, 30, spent the last two years with the Sabres’ organization. Over his career he has scored 16 goals and 49 points in 144 NHL games.
Grant is a long-time AHL’er who scored 49 points in 70 AHL games last season for Providence.
Svedberg will likely compete with Alex Stalock for the backup goalie position. He has played the last two years in the KHL.