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Wild Selects Lodnia 85th Overall

Los Angeles native is Minnesota's third-round selection

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

CHICAGO -- With its third-round pick (85th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Minnesota Wild selected forward Ivan Lodnia from the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. 

Here is a quick look at Lodnia:

Height: 5-10
Weight: 176
Shoots: Right
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

NHL Central Scouting rank: 36

Scouting report: Lodnia scored 24 goals and 57 points in 66 games with Erie last season, adding two more goals in 22 playoff games, helping the Otters to the Robertson Cup as OHL champions. 

His father played professionally in Ukraine before moving to Southern California. He reportedly arrived in the U.S. with $100 in his pocket, making money by coaching hockey teams and giving private lessons. He eventually purchased a rink in Anaheim, which became the family business.

Tweet from @mnwild: Ivan Lodnia: "I really like Minnesota. I was hoping to go to them...I'm a two-way skilled forward." #mnwild

NHL Central Scouting says of Lodnia: "Very good offensive hockey sense. Has good composure with the puck and is effective making plays at top speed. Has quick hands that can mesmerize defenders. High-end skills make him capable of being a game changer. A player you want on the ice when you need that important goal or someone to set up a scoring chance."

Video: Ivan Lodnia Shares Draft Experience

Brent Flahr, Wild Senior VP of Hockey Operations: "Ivan is a skilled winger with very good hands and offensive instincts. He played on a very good Erie team and his role will increase significantly next season."

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