-- The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild selected three players today in day two of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. Minnesota selected defenseman Marco Scandella
in the second round (55th overall), defenseman Sean Lorenz
in the fourth round (115th overall) and left wing Eero Elo in the fifth round (145th overall).
Scandella, 18 (2/23/90), recorded 14 points (4-10=14) and 35 penalty minutes (PIM) in 65 games during his rookie season with the Val d’Or Foruers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2007-08. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Montreal, Quebec won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Under-18 IIHF World Championships, posting two points (1-1-2) and a plus-7 rating in seven games. He led Val d’Or rookie defensemen in scoring and was named the QMJHL Prospect of the Month in December 2007. Scandella’s uncle, Sergio Momesso, was drafted 27th overall by Montreal in 1983 and played in the NHL from 1985-97 and his brother, Guilio, plays on the Italian National team and plays pro hockey in Milano.
NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Bordeleau on Marco Scandella
: “He is a strong skater with great balance and mobility; is comfortable rushing the puck. Is not an overly physical player.”
Lorenz, 18 (3/10/90), recorded nine points (4-5=9) and 24 penalty minutes (PIM) in 49 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2007-08, part of USA Hockey’s National Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He earned a bronze medal for Team USA at the Under-18 IIHF World Championships recording a plus-5 rating in seven games. Lorenz tallied 11 points (2-9=11) and 32 PIM in 64 games as a captain for the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2006-07. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound native of Littleton, Colo. will attend the University of Notre Dame (CCHA).
Elo, 18 (4/26/90), recorded 27 points (12-15=27) and 34 penalty minutes (PIM) in 42 games with Lukko Rauma of the Finnish Junior League in 2007-08. The 6-foot-3, 189-pound left wing is a native of Rauma, Finland.
Minnesota selected defenseman Tyler Cuma
with the 23rd overall selection in the first round Friday night. The Wild acquired the 23rd overall pick from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Minnesota’s 24th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry and a third round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.