Anas led the AHL with 70 points in 63 games this season prior to the league canceling the remainder of the year. Anas is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and could field plenty of offers due to the league's impending cap crunch. The 26-year-old went undrafted coming out of Quinnipiac University and spent the past four years playing for the Wild's affiliate in Iowa. Minnesota should have the inside track to secure the center's services next year, though he will likely be hoping one of the NHL's 31 clubs will offer him a one-way deal.
Anas signed a two-year, two-way contract with Minnesota on Monday. A high-scoring standout at the college level for Quinnipiac University, Anas blossomed in the AHL during the 2017-18 campaign. In 70 contests, Anas recorded 26 goals and 35 assists to establish himself as a legitimate offensive threat. Despite his ability, at 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, Anas will have to overcome his lack of size if he wants to make an impact in the NHL.