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Big man Gordeev is a small gamble for Wild

Minnesota traded a seventh-round pick to Toronto for defenseman in late May

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

ST. PAUL -- When the Wild traded a seventh-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft to Toronto for defenseman Fedor Gordeev, it was taking a low-risk, high-reward approach in adding young talent to its prospect cupboard.

Gordeev, a fifth-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2017, was unsigned and the Wild had 48 hours to ink the Russian-born, Toronto-raised product. If it didn't, the seventh-rounder owed to Toronto would return to the Wild.

Minnesota indeed signed Gordeev to a three-year, entry level deal. It believes the seventh rounder could be a small price to pay for a big payoff down the line. 

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Wild draft pick Nesterenko is full of surprises

Minnesota plays long game with sixth-round selection who won't turn 18 until September

by Jessi Pierce / Special to

ST. PAUL -- You might be surprised to learn that Nikita Nesterenko hails from Brooklyn, New York.

You also might be surprised to learn that despite Nesterenko's parents immigrating from Russia in the 1990s, well before the 17-year-old was born, he doesn't speak much Russian.

Nesterenko plans to continue to surprise Wild fans as he works toward developing and becoming a part of the future of the organization.

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Dewar about more than just gaudy stats

Natural winger thrived in the WHL last season after a move to the center position

by Jessi Pierce / Special to

ST. PAUL -- Connor Dewar doesn't pay much attention to statistics, even ones that were as impressive as his were with the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League last season. 

Dewar paced the Silvertips, who finished the regular season in first place in the U.S. Division, with 81 points in 59 games, ranking seventh in team history and 15th in the WHL. His 36 goals earned him the team's top scorer award and placed 18th in the league. He tacked on an additional five goals and 10 points through nine playoff games, with the Silvertips advancing to the second round of playoffs.

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Swaney heads back to UMD with plenty of championship equity

Wild prospect has helped Bulldogs to back-to-back national championships in two years in Duluth

by Jessi Pierce / Special to

ST. PAUL -- Nick Swaney couldn't have planned the past couple of years of his hockey career much better. 

A Lakeville native and a byproduct of both Lakeville South and the United States Hockey League's Waterloo Black Hawks, Swaney was drafted by his hometown Wild in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, just prior to joining the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. 

And after two years in Duluth, Swaney is the proud owner of two national championship rings. 

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Wild hopes to see continued growth from Beckman

Wild's third-round pick led Spokane with 32 goals as a rookie in the WHL last season

by Jessi Pierce / Special to

ST. PAUL -- To say Adam Beckman's game has grown over his formative years is an understatement. 

Because, quite literally, he has grown. 

Drafted into the Western Hockey League by the Spokane Chiefs at 14 years old, just four years ago, Beckman was listed as a 5-foot-8, 139-pound forward. 

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Boldy and Warren eager to embark on future together with Wild

Good friends have played together half their lives, will be teammates at B.C. this fall

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

ST. PAUL -- When the Wild selected Marshall Warren with its sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft last month, it cemented an ongoing teammate relationship that Minnesota hopes will continue long into the future. Following the selection of Matt Boldy with its first-round pick the night before, the Wild picked Warren -- Boldy's best friend and long-time teammate -- on day two of the draft.

For a duo that has known each other for more than half of their lives, the weekend in Vancouver ensured that their paths will remain intertwined indefinitely.

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Filip Johansson's harshest critic is himself

Wild's 2018 first-round selection is ready for a bounce back year this fall in Sweden's top league

by Jessi Pierce / Special to

ST. PAUL -- There undoubtedly comes a high amount of pressure and expectation with being a first-round pick in the NHL Draft.

A pressure to outperform and an expectation to meet the elite status of being a first rounder can be a lot to handle. Not to mention the critics and voiced opinions that encircle a player chosen with a team's highest selection -- especially in today's social media driven world.

But for Filip Johansson, selected 24th overall by the Wild in the 2018 NHL Draft, no one's harder on his play than himself.

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Jones hitting the right notes, on and off the ice

Minnesota's second-round pick in last month's draft is also an accomplished self-taught musician

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

ST. PAUL -- Goaltenders have a reputation of being some of the most unique individuals in sports. 

Bizarre. Unusual. Odd. Different. Pick your adjective, any of them usually apply. But for Wild prospect Hunter Jones, his quirk is a little more ... normal. 

Selected by Minnesota in the second round of last month's NHL Draft in Vancouver, Jones is an accomplished self-taught musician, who not only sings, but also plays guitar, piano and drums.

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Photos: Development Camp Finale

Wild conclude Development Camp with 3-on-3 Tournament in front of fans at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center

by Katlyn Gambill @mnwild /

Following a four day camp at TRIA Rink, Wild prospects took the ice for the 3-on-3 Tournament. Representing team "Wild" Nico Sturm, Ivan Lodnia, Alexander Khovanov, Louis Roehl, Fedor Dordeev and Matvey Guskov hoisted the 3-on-3 Cup.

Scroll through below for more photos from Minnesota's final day of Development Camp.

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Roy's message resonates with Wild prospects

Team was able to spend an hour with former BU hockey player who sustained traumatic spinal cord injury nearly 25 years ago

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

ST. PAUL -- Travis Roy rolled into the theater room at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center on Thursday. Awaiting him were about three dozen people, most about the same age he was when his life changed forever.

Roy was a freshman hockey player at Boston University on Oct. 20, 1995, when he hopped over the boards for his first-ever shift in a Terriers uniform. 

Just 11 seconds later, it was all over.

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