NEWARK, N.J. -- Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher didn't make a pick in the first round Sunday in the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center, but he said he may have acquired the equivalent of one in a trade with the New York Islanders.
"We're talking about a guy who was selected in the top 5. That's a pretty high-level of prospect," Fletcher said. "Two years from now, it'll be interesting to see how many of the kids that were selected [Sunday] are at the level he's at now. This is a guy that is knocking on the door. All the hype around the top kids [Sunday], and deservedly so, was around this guy two years ago. We're just two years further down the road, and from our standpoint, that's attractive."