Wild Draft Notes And Trades
Friday, 06.11.2010 / 11:16 AM / Minnesota Wild | 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Wild Draft Notes
- The Minnesota Wild first participated in the NHL Expansion and NHL Entry Draft in Calgary on June 24-25, 2000.
- The Wild selected Marian Gaborik as its first-ever pick of the 2000 Entry Draft (first round, third overall).
- Gaborik is the highest Wild draft pick and Jean-Michel Bolduc is the lowest Wild draft pick, taken 281st (ninth round) in the 2003 draft.
- Minnesota made its lowest first-round selection in the 2008 Entry Draft when it selected Tyler Cuma (23rd overall). The Wild’s expected ninth overall selection in the 2010 Entry Draft will be tied for its fifth-highest first-round pick.
- The Wild has selected a defenseman with its first-round selection in each of the past two drafts, picking Nick Leddy 16th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft after choosing Tyler Cuma 23rd overall in the 2008 Entry Draft. Minnesota drafted a defenseman with its first pick for the first time in the 2004 Entry Draft (A.J. Thelen, 12th overall). Minnesota has chosen a forward as its first-round selection in seven of its first 10 drafts.
- The 2002 Entry Draft was the first draft in which the Wild selected a goaltender as Josh Harding (second round, 38th overall) and Barry Brust (third round, 73rd overall) were chosen. Overall, Minnesota has selected eight goalies in 10 drafts (Harding, Brust, Miroslav Kopriva , Anton Khudobin , Kristofer Westblom , Niko Hovinen , Matthew Hackett and Darcy Kuemper ).
- The Wild has selected six Minnesota natives, including: Nick Leddy (Eden Prairie; 2009), Kyle Medvec (Apple Valley; 2006), Chris Hickey (St. Paul; 2006), A.J. Thelen (Savage; 2004), Michael Erickson (Elk River; 2002), and Jake Riddle (Minneapolis; 2001). Medvec and Hickey are still with the organization. Medvec played last season with the University of Vermont (Hockey East) while Hickey did not play last season.
- The Wild has drafted two Minnesotans in the first round (Thelen and Leddy), but neither ever played a regular season game for Minnesota.
- Of Minnesota’s 78 total draft picks, 26 have played in a regular-season Wild game, while four other Wild draft picks have appeared in NHL regular-season contests with other teams.
- 14 Wild draft picks skated in a game for the Wild during the 2009-10 season including at least one player from the first eight Entry Drafts: Nick Schultz (2000), Mikko Koivu (2001), Derek Boogaard (2001), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (2002), Josh Harding (2002), Brent Burns (2003), Danny Irmen (2003), Clayton Stoner (2004), Anton Khudobin (2004), Benoit Pouliot (2005), James Sheppard (2006), Cal Clutterbuck (2006), Justin Falk (2007) and Cody Almond (2007). Five Wild draft picks made their NHL debuts in 2009-10: Irmen, Stoner, Khudobin, Falk and Almond.
- Minnesota has totaled 78 draft picks in its first 10 Entry Drafts. Minnesota made a franchise-high 12 total selections in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and a franchise-low four total selections in the 2008 Entry Draft.
- Minnesota is expected to have eight picks in the 2010 Entry Draft, four of which are scheduled to be in the first three rounds. It will mark the fourth time the Wild have four total picks in the first three rounds (2004, 2002, 2001).
- If the Wild holds onto the ninth overall pick, it will be the second time the Wild has picked ninth (James Sheppard, 2006).
- The Wild has selected players from 12 different countries, led by Canada (36). The United States has produced the second most (15), and Finland ranks third (seven).
- The Wild has made nine trades on draft day.
- In each of the past three drafts, the Wild has moved its first round postion via trade: 2007 - Moved from 19th to 16th and selected Gillies, 2008 - Moved from 24th to 23rd and selected Cuma, 2009 - Moved from 12th to 16th and selected Leddy.
Wild Draft Day Trades
June 23, 2001 – Minnesota acquired a third-round pick (74th overall – Chris Heid) from the New York Rangers in exchange for the Wild’s third-round pick (79th overall – Garth Murray) and fifth-round pick (139th overall – Shawn Collymore) in the 2001 Entry Draft.
June 22, 2002 – Minnesota acquired Cliff Ronning from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the Wild’s fourth-round pick (104th overall – Aaron Rome) in the 2002 Entry Draft.
June 22, 2003 – Minnesota acquired a third-round pick (78th overall – Danny Irmen) from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the Wild’s third-round pick (91st overall – Martin Sagat) and fourth-round pick (125th overall – Konstantin Volkov) in the 2003 Entry Draft.
July 30, 2005 – Minnesota acquired Todd White from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the Wild’s fourth-round pick (95th overall – Cody Bass) in the 2005 Entry Draft.
June 24, 2006 – Minnesota acquired Pavol Demitra from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Patrick O’Sullivan and the Wild’s first-round pick (16th overall – Trevor Lewis) in the 2006 Entry Draft.
June 22, 2007 – Minnesota acquired a first-round pick (16th overall – Colton Gillies) from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for the Wild’s first-round pick (19th overall – Logan MacMillan) and second-round pick (42nd overall – Eric Tangradi) in the 2007 Entry Draft.
June 20, 2008 – Minnesota acquired a first-round pick (23rd overall – Tyler Cuma) from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the Wild’s first-round pick (24th overall – Mattias Tedendby) in the 2008 Entry Draft and a third-round pick (73rd overall – Alexander Urbom) in the 2009 Entry Draft.
June 26, 2009 – Minnesota acquired a first-round pick (16th overall – Nick Leddy), a third-round pick (77th overall – Matt Hackett) and a seventh-round pick (182nd overall – Erik Haula) from the New York Islanders in exchange for the Wild’s first-round pick (12th overall – Calvin de Haan) in the 2009 Entry Draft.
June 27, 2009 – Minnesota acquired Kyle Brodziak and a sixth-round pick (161st overall – Darcy Kuemper) from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for the Wild’s fourth-round pick (99th overall – Kyle Bigos) and fifth-round pick (133rd overall – Olivier Roy) in the 2009 Entry Draft.