Photo: Goaltender Darcy Kuemper, a fifth round selection by Minnesota in 2009, has shown well in the NHL when called upon due to injuries in the Wild crease (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)
The 2009 NHL Draft was the first for Chuck Fletcher as the Wild's second General Manager. From our vantage point today, Wild's team performed admirably in commencing the tough work of resetting a franchise whose fortunes had been dimmed early on by a combination of myopia and bad luck at the draft board.
Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba has seen limited action with the NHL club so far in 2013-14, posting one goal and one assist in 13 games (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Defenseman Matt Dumba has gotten his first taste of the NHL this season, appearing in 13 games for the Minnesota Wild in 2013-14. But the Calgary, AB native was loaned to Canada's junior squad that is competing at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
Photo: Colorado College defenseman and Minnesota Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson (#13) has been effective for the Tigers in his freshman year in that program (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)
While a majority of the players on the roster for Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship were plucked directly from that country, there is a handful of Swedes that are plying their trade in North America. One such player is defenseman Gustav Olofsson, a Minnesota Wild prospect who is currently playing NCAA hockey for Colorado College.
Photo: Rookie pro Erik Haula already has 10 NHL games under his belt in 2013-14. He is currently with the AHL’s Iowa Wild, where he leads the team with 16 points in 22 games this season (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
As the Minnesota Wild goes through periods of unforeseeable injury and head-smacking offensive inability, several burgeoning talents from the Iowa squad have stepped up into NHL roles.
Photo: An energetic and hard-working forward, Kurtis Gabriel has added offense in 2013-14. He is one of two Owen Sound Attack skaters averaging over a point per game this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
With the team's largely Québécois scouting staff and its strong ties in and around the state of Minnesota, it makes sense that many of the Wild's junior prospects are found playing in those developmental channels.