Wild acquire Niederreiter, Ferriero
June 30, 2013
The Minnesota Wild, parent club of the AHL's Iowa Wild, on Sunday acquired forwards Nino Niederreiter and Benn Ferriero in a pair of draft-day trades.
Niederreiter was acquired from the New York Islanders in exchange for to the rights to Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick in Sunday's NHL Entry Draft.
Ferriero was acquired along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Justin Falk.
Niederreiter, 20, was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In 2012-13, the Chur, Switzerland, native played in 74 games with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, leading the team with 28 goals and ranking second with 50 points. He also represented Bridgeport at the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic.
The highest drafted Swiss player in NHL history, Niederreiter led Switzerland with five goals and added three assists in the 2013 World Championships as the Swiss earned a silver medal -– its first World Championship medal in 60 years.
Ferriero, 26, totaled eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points in 57 AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Connecticut in 2012-13. He also appeared in four NHL games with the Rangers, notching one assist.
In four pro seasons, the native of Essex, Mass., has notched 52 goals and 81 assists for 133 points in 178 games. Originally drafted by Phoenix in 2006, Ferriero spent three seasons (2009-12) in the Sharks organization split between San Jose and Worcester. He has 14 goals and nine assists in 96 career NHL contests.