Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced that the team, NHL affiliate to the AHL’s Houston Aeros, has signed right wing Jon DiSalvatore to a two-year contract and defenseman Jamie Fraser to a one-year contract. Both players signed two-way contracts.
DiSalvatore, 29 (3/30/81), captained the 2009-10 Houston Aeros and posted 52 points (21-31=52) and 28 PIM in 79 games, ranking second on the team in points and tied for first in goals.
The 6-foot-1, 200 pound native of Bangor, Maine, has reached the 20-goal plateau in each of his first seven pro seasons and shows 369 points (150-219=369) and 270 PIM in 522 career AHL games for Cleveland, Worcester, Peoria, San Antonio, Lowell and Houston. He also played in five games for the St. Louis Blues during the 2005-06 season, making his NHL debut January 19, 2006 at Washington.
DiSalvatore played four seasons at Providence College (1999-03) and was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2000.
Fraser, 24 (11/17/85), finished third among Aeros defensemen in points and set a career high with 16 assists last season, posting 22 points (6-16=22) and 36 PIM in 59 games. Prior to joining the Aeros, Fraser played three seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2006-09), scoring 59 points (21-38=59) and adding 66 PIM in 179 games. He played in one game with the New York Islanders in 2008-09, making his NHL debut April 4, 2009 versus Tampa Bay.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Sarnia, Ont., played junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Brampton Battalion and Sarnia Sting.