About 2,600 State of Hockey fans and a few million more (number not confirmed) watched today’s scrimmage at Wild Development Camp between Team White and Team Green, with Green taking the win in regulation and in the shootout with an Erik Haula goal. While most Minnesota fans know a lot about the former Golden Gopher, many didn’t get a chance to see some of the Wild’s other recent picks. Wild.com decided to put on the scouting cap and give a synopsis of the last two years of the club’s draftees who attended Development Camp.
2012 Wild Draft Picks
D - Mathew Dumba, First Round (7th overall)
Dumba is everything you want in a first-round pick: the potential to be a difference maker on the ice. The blueliner has a big shot and, maybe more importantly, from the right side. He skates well, can make a good first pass out of the zone and likes to play physical.
At only 18 (he turns 19 later this month), a question he often heard: Does he feel like he can compete for a roster spot this fall? General Manager Chuck Fletcher and the Wild brass are in no hurry to rush prospects before they are ready to play in the NHL, but Dumba will get a good look in training camp. At last year’s Development Camp, Dumba was the young wide-eyed kid, but this year he was focused and it was obvious he wants to compete for a spot with Minnesota and not return to junior hockey.
F - Raphael Bussieres, Second Round (46th overall)
Was unable to participate in the scrimmage due to an injury, but Bussieres was impressive in the 3-on-3 tourney. He has a good motor and continually moves his feet in the offensive zone. Plays a scrappy game, winning puck battles along the boards, and last season continued to improve his game offensively, which he showed glimpses of at the camp.
D - John Draeger, Third Round (68th overall)
Big blueliner who skates well, especially his first few strides while backing up in a one-on-one situation, which helps in gap control through the neutral zone. Draeger plays a strong positional game in the d-zone and is vocal on the ice. Loves to play the game and compete. Only heading into his sophomore season at Michigan State, Draeger has shown leadership qualities off the ice, which is an intangible in the locker room.
F – Adam Gilmour, Fourth Round (98th overall)
Good ice vision and reach in the offensive zone. Only 19, Gilmour is listed at 6-foot-2 but is still growing. He’ll have to fill out, but will have time to do so at Boston College next season as the rangy forward will be freshman next season.
D – Daniel Gunnarsson, Fifth Round (128th overall)
Played alongside Wild prospect Johan Gustafsson in Lulea of the Swedish Elite League. Gunnarsson is a big and mobile defenseman who can come off the wall and walk the blue line. Has a good slapper from the point and keeps his head up trying to spring forwards on the rush from the backend.
F – Christoph Bertschy, Sixth Round (158th overall)
The Swiss prospect is a shifty forward who is good with the puck and has great ice vision. Likes to move laterally, find time and space, and set up teammates in the offensive zone.
F – Louis Nanne, Seventh Round (188th overall)
The Minnesota prospect was unable to participate in Development Camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
2013 Wild Draft Picks
D – Gustav Olofsson, Second Round (46th overall)
Was held out of the scrimmage with an injury. However, looked like a stable skater for a blueliner listed at 6-foot-3 and will have plenty of time gain weight and muscle as he is set to become a freshman at Colorado College in the fall. He is a puck-moving defenseman and will see a lot of action in college this fall.
F – Kurtis Gabriel, Third Round (81th overall)
Big, physical forward who will push for a spot with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Iowa Wild, or return to junior hockey as an overage player. Gabriel was the most physical player throughout the week. Knows his game and plays it regardless of who is on the ice.
D – Dylan Labbe, Fourth Round (107th overall)
Labbe has a good shot from the point. He moves well along the blue line and has a knack for getting shots through traffic and on goal. He is calm with the puck, keeping his head up while skating backwards and is aware of forwards when trying to make stretch passes.
D – Carson Soucy, Fifth Round (137th overall)
Soucy is a big rangy defenseman who will be in the State of Hockey next season with the University of Minnesota Duluth. He likes to play a physical game but isn’t afraid to jump down into the gaps to help in the offensive zone.
F – Avery Peterson, Sixth Round (167th overall)
The Minnesota native has soft hands for a big forward and scoring touch around the net. Peterson has good vision and will become better in the corners as he fills out. The forward has a long stride and will continue to work on his skating and explosiveness.
D – Nolan De Jong, Seventh Round (197th overall)
The University of Michigan recruit has a good head on his shoulders and is a cerebral defenseman. Not a flashy player, scored a nice goal in the shootout Saturday. De Jong a strong skater and plays his gaps well in the neutral zone. He makes a nice first pass out of the defensive zone, as well.
G – Alexandre Belanger, Seventh Round (200th overall)
The Wild’s final pick this year is a big netminder, who moves side to side well. Goaltender prospects are the hardest to evaluate, especially in a Development Camp setting, but the Wild brass likes to take goaltenders in the later rounds and allow them to develop.
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