Blake Wheeler signs six-year, $33 million extension

by Dane Mizutani

Blake Wheeler has starred for the Winnipeg Jets organization throughout his NHL career, and the former Gophers offensive-minded forward was rewarded over the weekend.

Wheeler signed a six-year, $33 million contract extension July 26. It was the first big payout of his career. 

Wheeler led the Jets last season with 19 goals and ranked second with 41 total points. 

A Plymouth, Minn., native, Wheeler, entered the NHL in 2008 after a three-year career with the Gophers. He started his career with the Boston Bruins before he found his niche with the Winnipeg organization.