The Wild added considerable depth again this year, trading for a second pick in the first round as well as former first-rounder Charlie Coyle. The team also turned to United States high schools for three of its picks. The Wild displayed a good degree of confidence again at this draft, trading up for a hometown fan.
Jonas Brodin, D – Färjestad (SEL)
1st round, 10th overall
Height: 6'1, Weight: 170 lbs
The Wild used its first round pick on Swedish defenseman Jonas Brodin. For the most part, draft watchers tend to favor eye-popping point totals first, and NHL frames second, of which Brodin brings neither. Brodin does however appear to be a master at the art of mistake-free, positionally astute defense.
Photo: One of the top ranked European players for the 2011 draft, Joel Armia's natural goal-scoring ability would be a nice fit for a Minnesota Wild team that has struggled offensively. (Photo courtesy of Holly GunningHF)
Top 10 prospects
1. Mikael Granlund, C
2. Marco Scandella, D
3. Matt Hackett, G
4. Jason Zucker, LW
5. Tyler Cuma, D
6. Erik Haula, LW
7. Colton Gillies, LW
8. Cody Almond, C
9. Brett Bulmer, RW
10. Johan Larsson, LW
With needs in every department the Wild drafted what they thought was the best player available to them.
Minnesota in possession of the 3rd overall pick selected Slovakian winger Marian Gaborik. Trades changed the draft picture for Wild, but here are the players chosen:
3. Marian Gaborik, LW from Dukla Trencin (Slovakia)
6-1, 183…born Feb. 14 1982…25 goals in 50 games for Trencin last season.
Comments: Minnesota might have taken Rick Dipietro had he been around. A possible superstar…blessed with dynamic speed and soft hands, much like Slovakian compatriots Miroslav Satan and Zigmund Palffy. Had a “sub-par” WJC, but lead a struggling Slovakia in scoring. He did score 25 goals in a “man’s” league and will be more ready for NHL-play than most 18-year-olds.
33. Nick Schultz, D from Prince Albert (WHL)
6-0, 187…born aAAlbert.
Comments: If Schultz can develop his positional and physical play he will be a great asset to the Wild.
99. Marc Cavosie, LW from RPI (ECAC)
Cavosie, 18 (8/6/81), was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team this year after compiling 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 33 games for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). The 6-foot, 173-pound native of Albany, New York, played at RPI with current Minnesota Wild teammate Pete Gardiner.
132. Maxim Souchinsky, RW from Omsk (Russia) Read more»
On Monday the Wild started to get a little more active in hockey by making a couple of trades.
Trade #1:Andy Sutton, a third round selection in 2001, and a seventh round pick in this year’s draft from the San Jose Sharks for an eighth round selection in 2001 and
future considerations. Andy Sutton is a 1998 Graduate of Michigan Tech University. He was also named WCHA Co-Defenceman of the Year in 1997-98 and All-WCHA Second Team. The last two years Sutton split time between San Jose and and the Kentucky Thoroughblades
of the AHL. We will have to see in October if Sutton stays in the big show.
Andy Sutton's Career Stats:
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
94-95 Michigan Tech WCHA 19 2 1 3 42
95-96 Michigan Tech WCHA 33 2 2 4 58
96-97 Michigan Tech WCHA 32 2 7 9 73
97-98 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 16 24 40 97
Kentucky AHL 7 0 0 0 33
98-99 Kentucky AHL 21 5 10 15 53
San Jose NHL 31 0 3 3 65
99-00 Kentucky AHL 3 0 1 1 0
San Jose NHL 40 1 1 2 80
NHL TOTALS 71 1 4 5 145
Trade number two:The Wild acquired goalie Manny Fernandez and defenseman
Brad Lukowich from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a
third round selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and Read more»