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Wild sign ex-Ducks center Sam Steel to 1-year, $825,000 deal

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Philadelphia Flyers

Apr 9, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Sam Steel (23) during face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild signed former Anaheim Ducks center Sam Steel to a one-year, $825,000 contract, adding depth at a vital position.

The 24-year-old Steel played in a career-most 68 games for the Ducks last season, collecting six goals, 14 assists and a career-high 27 blocked shots.

The 2016 first-round draft pick has 24 goals and 41 assists in 197 career NHL games over parts of four seasons, all with Anaheim. The native of Alberta became the youngest Ducks player to record a hat trick when he scored three goals on March 26, 2019, as a 21-year-old.