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Minnesota Wild Draft Notes

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

MINNESOTA WILD DRAFT NOTES

•Minnesota is expected to have eight picks in the 2013 Entry Draft, the most since 2009 when the team also had eight selections.

•This marks the first year Minnesota does not have a first round draft pick.

•Of Minnesota’s 97 total draft picks, 39 have played in a regular-season Wild game.

•The Wild has selected a forward in the first round in eight of its 12 drafts. Last year Minnesota selected defenseman Mathew Dumba with the 7th overall pick.

•Thirteen Wild draft picks skated in a game for Minnesota during the 2012-13 season. Five Wild draft picks made their NHL debuts in 2012-13: Brodin (2011), Granlund (2010), Kuemper (2009) and Larsson (2010). Patrick Bordeleau (2004) made his NHL debut with Colorado.

•The 2002 Entry Draft was the first draft in which the Wild selected a goaltender as Josh Harding (second round, 38th overall) and Barry Brust (third round, 73rd overall) were chosen. Overall, Minnesota has selected 10 goalies in 12 drafts: Harding, Brust, Kopriva (2003), Khudobin (2004), Westblom (2005), Hovinen (2006), Hackett (2009), Kuemper (2009), Gustafsson (2010) and Michalek (2011).

•The Wild has selected ten Minnesota natives, including two each in the last two drafts. Minnesota selected two players from Edina last year: John Draeger and Louis Nanne. In 2011, the Wild selected Mario Lucia (Wayzata) and Nick Seeler (Eden Prairie). Previous selections include: Nick Leddy (Eden Prairie, 2009), Kyle Medvec (Apple Valley, 2006), Chris Hickey (St. Paul, 2006), A.J. Thelen (Savage, 2004), Michael Erickson (Elk River, 2002) and Jake Riddle (Minneapolis, 2001).

•Minnesota made a franchise-high 12 total selections in the 2004 Entry Draft and a franchise-low four total selections in the 2008 Entry Draft.

•The Minnesota Wild has acquired eight total first and second round draft picks in the past two drafts alone, seven of whom have already been signed to entry-level contracts.

•The Wild has made 12 trades on draft day, including two during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

•Minnesota made its lowest first-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft when it selected Tyler Cuma (23rd overall).

•The Minnesota Wild first participated in the NHL Expansion and NHL Entry Draft in Calgary on June 24-25, 2000.

•The Wild selected Marian Gaborik as its first-ever pick in the first round (third overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

•Gaborik is the highest Wild draft pick and Jean-Michel Bolduc is the lowest draft pick, taken 281st (ninth round) in the 2003 draft.

MINNESOTA WILD DRAFT-DAY TRADES

June 23, 2001 – Minnesota acquired a third-round pick (74th overall – Chris Heid) from the New York Rangers in exchange for the Wild’s third-round pick (79th overall – Garth Murray) and fifth-round pick (139th overall – Shawn Collymore) in the 2001 Entry Draft.

June 22, 2002 – Minnesota acquired Cliff Ronning from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the Wild’s fourth-round pick (104th overall – Aaron Rome) in the 2002 Entry Draft.

June 22, 2003 – Minnesota acquired a third-round pick (78th overall – Danny Irmen) from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the Wild’s third-round pick (91st overall – Martin Sagat) and fourth-round pick (125th overall – Konstantin Volkov) in the 2003 Entry Draft.

July 30, 2005 – Minnesota acquired Todd White from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the Wild’s fourth-round pick (95th overall – Cody Bass) in the 2005 Entry Draft.

June 24, 2006 – Minnesota acquired Pavol Demitra from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Patrick O’Sullivan and the Wild’s first-round pick (16th overall – Trevor Lewis) in the 2006 Entry Draft.

June 22, 2007 – Minnesota acquired a first-round pick (16th overall – Colton Gillies) from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for the Wild’s first-round pick (19th overall – Logan MacMillan) and second-round pick (42nd overall – Eric Tangradi) in the 2007 Entry Draft.

June 20, 2008 – Minnesota acquired a first-round pick (23rd overall – Tyler Cuma) from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the Wild’s first-round pick (24th overall – Mattias Tedendby) in the 2008 Entry Draft and a third-round pick (73rd overall – Alexander Urbom) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

June 26, 2009 – Minnesota acquired a first-round pick (16th overall – Nick Leddy), a third-round pick (77th overall – Matt Hackett) and a seventh-round pick (182nd overall – Erik Haula) from the New York Islanders in exchange for the Wild’s first-round pick (12th overall – Calvin de Haan) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

June 27, 2009 – Minnesota acquired Kyle Brodziak and a sixth-round pick (161st overall – Darcy Kuemper) from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for the Wild’s fourth-round pick (99th overall – Kyle Bigos) and fifth-round pick (133rd overall – Olivier Roy) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

June 26, 2010 – Minnesota acquired a second-round pick (59th overall – Jason Zucker) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for the Wild’s third-round pick (69th overall – Joe Basaraba) and fourth-round pick (99th overall – Joonas Donskoi) in the 2010 Entry Draft.

June 24, 2011 – Minnesota acquired a first-round pick (28th overall – Zack Phillips) along with Devin Setoguchi and Charlie Coyle from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Brent Burns and a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 
June 25, 2011 – The Wild acquired a second-round pick (60th overall – Mario Lucia) from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third-round pick (71st overall – David Honzik) and a fourth-round pick (101st overall – Joseph LaBate) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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