When the ping-pong balls fell the way they did on the night of the NHL Draft Lottery in April, the Wild discovered it will draft near the tail end of the lottery.
While the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks were each beneficiaries on the night of the lottery, each jumping ahead of the Colorado Avalanche for the right to the top three picks, Minnesota dropped one spot from its expected perch at No. 11.
Over the years, the 12th overall selection has provided tremendous value to the teams who have picked there. Here's a quick look at some of those players who have made an impact in the NHL: