Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Will Bitten from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Gustav Olofsson.
Bitten, 20 (7/10/98), tallied 64 points (20-44=64) and 38 penalty minutes (PIM) in 62 regular season games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season and added 11 points (4-7=11) in 21 playoff games as the Bulldogs won the OHL playoff championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound native of Gloucester, Ontario recorded 217 points (88-129=217) and 122 PIM in four seasons in the OHL with Hamilton, Flint and Plymouth (2014-18). Bitten was selected by Montreal in the third round (70th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He will be assigned to Iowa in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Olofsson collected 11 assists in 56 games during three seasons with Minnesota. He was selected by the Wild in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.