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Wild Set To Pick Seventh Overall

by Mike Doyle / Minnesota Wild

After the balls were drawn at the NHL Draft Lottery, Minnesota’s draft position was unchanged. The Wild owns the seventh pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Friday, June 22.

The Edmonton Oilers won the lottery and will receive the first-overall pick for the third-straight year.

Central Scouting Service ranks the six through ten North American prospects as: 6. D Cody Ceci; 7. C Radek Faksa; 8. D Olli Maata; 9. D Jacob Trouba; 10. D Griffin Reinhart.

TSN ranks the 6-10 prospects as: 6. Alex Galchenyuk; 7. Jacob Trouba; 8. Griffin Reinhart; 9. Morgan Rielly; T-10. Radek Faksa and Teuvo Teravainen.

Lakeville-native, Brady Skjei is the 19th ranked prospect according to Central Scouting and the only State of Hockey product ranked in the top 30.

General Manager Chuck Fletcher and the rest of the Wild front office have started to piece together their draft board. But, thought it would be interesting to look back at the 17 players who were selected with the seventh-overall pick since the inception of the Draft Lottery in 1995.

1995 – Winnipeg (now Phoenix) selected F Shane Doan

The Coyotes’ captain has played his entire 16-year career with the organization (spent one year in Winnipeg before the club moved to Phoenix). The 35 year old has played in 1,198 regular-season games amassing 788 points (318-470=788). Doan won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2010, awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.  He also played in two NHL All-Star Games (2004, 2009). Doan led the Coyotes to the Pacific Division title this season.

1996 – Buffalo selected F Erik Rasmussen

The Minneapolis native was a two-year standout at the University of Minnesota before making his NHL debut with the Sabres during the 1997-98 season. During his nine-year career, Rasmussen played in 545 NHL games and totaled 128 points (52-76=128).

1997 – Tampa Bay selected D Paul Mara

The defenseman made an impact in his NHL debut with the Lightning, registering a goal and an assist in his only game with Tampa Bay in the 1998-99 season. During his career with six different NHL teams, Mara played in 734 regular-season games and racked up 253 points (64-189=253).

1998 – New York Rangers selected F Manny Malhotra

The 31-year-old forward has made a name for himself as a defensive specialist. He currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks after making NHL stops in San Jose, Columbus, Dallas and New York. Through 15 NHL seasons, Malhotra has 278 points (108-170=278) in 855 career games.

1999 – Washington selected F Kris Beech

Maybe best know as a moving part in a trade to Pittsburgh that sent Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera to Washington for Beech, Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk and future considerations in 2001. Beech played in 198 games scattered throughout 10 seasons racking up 67 points (25-42=67). He played in Finland for Lukko Rauma last season.

2000 – Boston selected D Lars Jonsson

Played in only eight NHL games, registering two assists. Jonsson has spent most of his professional career playing in Europe.

2001 – Montreal selected D Mike Komisarek

The former University of Michigan Wolverine played for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. In nine seasons with the Canadiens and Leafs, Komisarek has played in 515 NHL games, totaled 77 points (14-63=77) and accumulated 663 penalty minutes.

2002 – Anaheim selected F Joffrey Lupul

Enjoyed his best season as a pro with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011-12, despite missing several games with a shoulder injury. The forward ranked second on Toronto in goals (25), assists (42), points (67) and power play goals (8), while playing in only 66 games. He also was an alternate captain at this year’s NHL All-Star Game. In 515 career games, Lupul has 323 points (151-172=323).

2003 – Nashville selected D Ryan Suter

Led the Predators to the fourth seed in the Western Conference, setting career highs in both points (46) and assists (39). Played in his first All-Star game this season in Ottawa. The former University of Wisconsin Badger has played in 542 NHL games in seven seasons, all with the Predators. Suter has 238 career points (38-200=238).

2004 – Florida selected F Rostislav Olesz

Played with the Panthers for six seasons before being traded to Chicago for Brian Campbell, June 25, 2011. Played in only six games this season, spending most of the year with the Blackhawks AHL affiliate. Olesz has skated in 355 games and totaled 132 points (57-75=132).

2005 – Chicago selected F Jack Skille

Played in 46 games with the Florida Panthers this season totaling 10 points (4-6=10). In 138 NHL games, Skille has 37 points (10-27=37).

2006 – New York Islanders selected F Kyle Okposo

The St. Paul native has played in 271 NHL games with the Islanders since leaving the University of Minnesota during his sophomore season. This season, Okposo set a career mark for goals (24). In four seasons with the Islanders, Okposo has racked up 161 points (68-93=161).

2007 – Columbus selected F Jakub Voracek

In his first season with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011-12, Voracek set a career high in goals (18). In 319 games, the winger has racked up 183 points (57-126=183).

2008 – Nashville selected F Colin Wilson

In his third season with the Predators, Wilson set a career high in points (35) in 68 games. He was a two-year standout at Boston University before turning pro. In three seasons, Wilson has played in 185 NHL games and has 84 points (39-45=84).

2009 – Toronto selected F Nazem Kadri

Played in 21 games with the Leafs in 2011-12 scoring five goals and adding two assists. Kadri has played in 51 games with the Leafs and has 19 career points (8-11=19).

2010 – Carolina selected F Jeff Skinner

Won the 2011 Calder Trophy, ranking first among NHL rookies in points (63), second in assists (32) and third in goals (31) in 2010-11. Was second on the Hurricanes in goals (20) and third in points (44) this season.

2011 – Winnipeg selected F Mark Scheifele

Played in seven games with the Jets this season scoring his first NHL goal on Oct. 19. Was reassigned to juniors and played for the Barrie Colts for a majority of the season.
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