Wild sign forward Mason Shaw for rest of season

There is life yet in Mason Shaw’s professional hockey career.

Shaw, a forward taken by the Wild in the fourth round of the 2017 entry draft, signed a two-way contract with Minnesota for the remainder of the season, less than a year after knee surgery ended his best professional season last April.

He is expected to practice with the Wild on Friday. Minnesota has won four straight games since returning from the all-star/bye week break to jump two spots in the Western Conference standings, and to within three points of the eighth and final playoff position.

In a related move, the Wild reassigned forward Adam Beckman back to Iowa. The Wild are host to Buffalo on Saturday. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.

Shaw, 25, has played nine games with Iowa of the American Hockey League since rehabbing an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right leg, the fourth knee surgery of his career. The contract is worth a prorated, league minimum of $775,000 in the NHL, $400,000 in the AHL.

Shaw played a career-high 59 games for Minnesota last season, recording seven goals and 10 assists before being injured in a loss at Vegas on April 1. In nine games with Iowa this season, he has four goals and seven points.

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