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Where the Wild picks at the 2019 NHL Draft

Minnesota currently boasts eight picks for a second consecutive summer

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

Following back-to-back years of limited activity at NHL Drafts in 2016 and 2017, the Wild will once again be busy in Vancouver. For a second consecutive summer, Minnesota boasts eight selections in the draft.

One big difference for the Wild will be its inclusion in the second round of the draft for the first time since 2015, when Minnesota picked Jordan Greenway. The towering forward is the Wild's only second-round pick in the past five years.

While not all picks are its own, Minnesota is slated to pick at least once in all seven rounds of the draft for the first time since 2012. 

Here is a look at where the Wild is slated to pick at the upcoming draft in Vancouver:

Round 1 (12th overall)

Originally slated to hold the 11th pick, Minnesota slid back one spot when the Chicago Blackhawks won the lottery and moved to the third overall selection in the draft.

Fast fact: The Wild has drafted 12th once before in franchise history, selecting local defenseman A.J. Thelen in 2004.

Round 2 (42nd overall)

Minnesota controls its own second-round pick, the 11th pick in round two. 

Fast fact: The Wild has picked 42nd one time in team history, selecting forward Roman Voloshenko in 2004.

Round 3 (73rd overall)

The Wild also has its own third-round pick, the 11th selection in round three.

Fast fact: Minnesota's lone 73rd pick in franchise history is goaltender Barry Brust in 2002.

Round 4 (99th overall)

Minnesota actually moves up in the fourth round, picking in a spot that originally belonged to the New York Rangers but became the Wild's because of the Ryan Donato-Charlie Coyle trade.

The Rangers dealt the pick to Boston on Sept. 11, 2018, along with a conditional seventh-round pick and defenseman Steven Kampfer in exchange for veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid.

The Bruins included a conditional draft pick along with Donato for Coyle in the Feb. 20 deal that sent the longtime former Wild forward home to Boston. When the Bruins reached the second round of the playoffs, the fifth-round pick became a fourth-round pick. 

Minnesota's own fourth-round pick (104th overall) was traded away two years ago and is the final unknown piece of the Martin Hanzal trade. 

Arizona owned the pick for 10 months after the Wild but traded it to Pittsburgh, who traded the pick to Dallas for Jamie Oleksiak. Just over a year later, Dallas sent the pick back to Pittsburgh for, ironically, Oleksiak. Pittsburgh then traded it again, this time to Florida, as part of the Nick Bjugstad trade on Feb. 1. The Panthers currently own the selection.

Fast fact: The Wild has owned the 99th pick one time in team history, selecting forward Marc Cavosie in the club's first-ever draft in 2000.

Round 5 (149th overall)

The Wild with select 25th in the fifth round in place of the Washington Capitals, who traded this pick to the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 21, 2018 in exchange for defenseman Jakub Jerabek. 

Five days later, the Canadiens traded the pick to the Wild in exchange for defenseman Mike Reilly.

Minnesota's own fifth-round pick (135th overall) belongs to the Vegas Golden Knights as a result of the trade that brought defenseman Brad Hunt to Minnesota. The Wild got Hunt and Vegas' sixth-round selection in exchange for the more valuable of the Wild's fifth-round picks, which by virtue of its final record, became the 135th selection.

Fast fact: Minnesota has never controlled the 149th pick, but did draft defenseman Simon Johansson with the 148th pick last summer.

Round 6 (166th overall and 172nd overall)

Minnesota owns its own pick, the 11th pick in this round, and Vegas' selection as a result of the Hunt trade, the 17th pick in round six. 

Fast fact: The Wild will pick at least twice in the sixth round for the third time in franchise history and the first since picking three times in the 2014 sixth round.

Round 7 (197th overall)

The Wild controls its own seventh-round pick, the 11th pick in round two. 

Fast fact: Minnesota picked defenseman Nolan De Jong with the 197th pick in 2013 the only other time it has picked here in team history.

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