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Wild Selects Swaney 209th Overall

Lakeville South grad is Minnesota's seventh-round pick

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

CHICAGO -- With its sixth-round pick (178th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild selected forward Nick Swaney of the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. 

Here is a quick look at Swaney:

Height: 5-10
Weight: 175
Shoots: Right
Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota

NHL Central Scouting rank: 138

Scouting report: A former Lakeville South Cougar, Swaney honed his game in Waterloo the past two seasons, scoring 26 goals and 51 points in 47 games in 2016-17, one year after posting 30 goals and 50 points in 54 games. 

Swaney was one of the best high school players in the state his final year with Lakeville South, scoring 25 goals and 57 points in just 25 games in 2014-15.

The smart, two-way right wing will return to the State of Hockey this fall when he begins his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota Duluth. 

Brent Flahr, Wild Senior VP of Hockey Operations: "Nick is a smart offensive player who had a very good year in Waterloo and is going to a quality program at the University of Minnesota Duluth."

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