Photo: Winger Raphaël Bussières was drafted in the second round for his blend of skill and sandpaper. Bussières has drawn comparisons to current Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck. (Ken McKenna/HF)
Shortly after the 2012 NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild greatly accelerated their rebuild by adding prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, filling two major organizational holes. With a crop of good prospects ready to compete for important jobs this year and next, the Wild took the long view with their 2012 draft class.
Photo: The Minnesota Wild continued adding young, talented players to their organization with the selection of Matt Dumba at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The parade of defensemen chosen in the top 10 of the 2012 NHL Draft's first round continued with the selection of Red Deer Rebels defender Matt Dumba by the Minnesota Wild with the seventh pick overall.
Photo: Acquired in a 2011 Draft day trade, forward Charlie Coyle is one of the top prospects for the Minnesota Wild and a key part of their future. (Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)
The Minnesota Wild finished with a 35-36-11 record in 2011-12, well out of reach of the eighth and final playoff berth. Like in years past, the team struggled to produce goals at the NHL level and experienced various injuries to key players.
Photo: Defenseman Matt Dumba, shown here playing for Team Cherry at the 2012 CHL Top Prospects Game, is among a handful of talented defensemen available for the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/CHL Images)
There is a handful of defensemen that will be chosen in the top 10 of the 2012 NHL Draft. One of those rearguards, Matt Dumba of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels, should be among those high-end selections that will be made next Friday night.
Photo: Forward Johan Larsson was impressive this season for Brynas IF Gavle, managing 36 points in 49 games. (Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)
It was a tough postseason for the majority of the Wild's prospects. Another year out of the playoffs for the rebuilding Wild is testing the patience of the fans, though a promising youth movement is on the horizon.