Bright Times ahead for Marian Gaborik

By Nathan Robinson

When the Wild took Marian Gaborik third overall in the
2000 entry draft they made the young Slovakian very
happy “It’s a great feeling to be the first player who
was drafted by Minnesota ever, and I’m so happy I can
be there.” As this article will show he’s not the only
one happy he’s there.

Marian Gaborik was drafted third overall in the 2000
entry draft by the Minnesota Wild. So far he hasn’t
left Wild Management or the coaching staff second
guessing their selection of Marian as the teams first
ever pick in the NHL’s entry draft. Marian had an
excellent rookie season in the NHL. He was a co-leader
for goals on the Wild with 18 and finishing the season
with 36 points which was enough for him to be the
leading point-getter on the team. While Marian is
still a teenager at age 19 his second year has the
beginning looks of a real successful year. He has
already managed 12 points in 9 games (4+8=12) which is
exactly a third of his totals from his rookie season.

Marian has tremendous speed, linemate Andrew Brunette
said “with Marian using his speed, I don’t think
anybody can catch him, if he can control himself and
use his speed in specific times, he’ll be really
dangerous.” Another thing about Marian is his maturity
and confidence levels they are pretty impressive for a
19-year-old Brunette said this about Marian “I haven’t
come acros many 19-year olds who are as mature and
confident out there as him. The kid is something else”
Jim Dowd another linemate and friend of Gaborik added
“He’s grown so much even from last year.”

Wild Head Coach Jacques Lemaire said this about the 19-year-old
Gaborik “I just know that when he’s skating out there
and making moves and is 100 percent you can see that
he is going to be a great player.” Marian is also a
team player who want’s to see the team do well and
want’s to be apart of the success. Gaborik is still a
teenager but, by just looking at his stats you’d think
he’s been around alot longer but take it from him “I
feel like I’m getting stronger every game” Dowd added
this to Gaborik’s comments “You look at him and see
already that he’s a great player, and he’s only
getting better” and that’s great news to the team that
drafted him 3rd overall in 2000 and to the fans who
love to see him play.

Marian’s future is extremely
bright and we could find out how much he can do in the
NHL sooner then we think. Could Marian be the player
to lead the Wild to the teams first ever Stanley Cup,
Will Marian be the next Petr Bondra, Could Marian be
the reciever of many NHL awards time will only tell
but, for now lets just enjoy watching Gaborik become
all he can become in the greatest league in hockey the