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Wild 2011 Day Two Draft Picks

Saturday, 06.25.2011 / 10:53 AM / Minnesota Wild | 2011 NHL Entry Draft
By Glen Andresen  - Manager of Social Media
Day Two of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will be moving fast and furiously like Vin Diesel. To keep updated on the Wild's picks today, this is where you want to be. If any trades are made involving the Wild, you can find that here as well.

Following the conclusion of today's final round, we will have a more detailed recap with quotes from Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr, as well as any picks that are in attendance today.

Enjoy Day Two.


The Wild originally did not own a pick in the second round due to a 2009 trade with Boston in which Minnesota acquired Chuck Kobasew in exchange for Craig Weller, Alexander Fallstrom and this year's second round pick.

The Bruins used the pick to select Alexander Khokhlachev from Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Wild trades its third and fourth round picks to move up and select Mario Lucia, the first Minnesotan taken in this year's Draft.

Pick #60
LW Mario Lucia
Wayzata High School
Plymouth
6-foot-2, 183 pounds
Central Scouting Rank: 34th among North American skaters.
Mario Lucia Highlights

Analysis:
The Wild is giving hometown fans plenty to cheer about at this year's Draft. Following up on a big day one, the club makes another splash by trading its third and fourth round picks to Vancouver to move into the second round and take Lucia. 

Lucia is a tall, skilled forward who plays with finesse, but can get his nose dirty as well. He is expected to play junior hockey next season before entering the collegiate ranks.

Lucia produced a career-high 30 goals, 54 points and a plus-34 rating in 27 games with Wayzata last season, including five goals and seven points in three sectional playoff games. Wayzata lost in double-overtime to Eden Prairie in the Section 6AA championship. He had 15 goals, 25 assists, 40 points and a plus-25 rating in 25 games in 2009-10.

The name "Lucia" is obviously familiar to fans of Minnesota hockey. Mario's father, Don, is the head coach of the Gophers and led them to two national championships. His older brother, Tony, was a four-year player at Minnesota and is now in the San Jose system.


The Wild enters the third round without the 71st overall pick, which was just dealt to Vancouver in exchange for the 60th overall pick, which was used to take Lucia.

The Canucks used the 71st overall pick to take David Honzik of Victoriaville in the QMJHL.


The Wild enters the fourth round without the 101st overall pick, which was just dealt to Vancouver in exchange for the 60th overall pick, which was used to take Lucia.

The Canucks used the 101st overall pick to take Joe Labate of Holy Angels High School.


Pick #131
D Nick Seeler
Eden Prairie High School
Eden Prairie, MN
6-foot-0, 170 pounds
Central Scouting Rank: unranked among North American skaters.

Analysis:
 The Wild grabs another in-state product, this time on the blueline. Seeler is a puck-moving defenseman with a nasty edge who helped Eden Prairie to state championship titles in 2009 and 2011.

Seeler will play for Muskegon in the USHL next season and then will play for Dean Blais at Nebraska-Omaha.


Pick #161
G Stephen Michalek
Loomis-Chaffee High School (Connecticut)
Hartford, CT
6-foot-2, 183 pounds
Central Scouting Rank: 5th among North American goalies

Analysis: 
The Wild is fairly well stocked in the goaltending category, but they saw enough potential in Michalek to take him. It marks the second consecutive year the the Wild has used a sixth round selection to take a goalie (Johan Gustafsson in 2010).

He represented the U.S. at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament in August 2010. He stopped 23 of 24 shots faced (the only goal was scored by No. 1 ranked Ryan Nugent-Hopkins), helping the U.S. earn a silver medal and record the best finish in the tournament since 2006 with a 3-0-1-1 overall record.

Despite playing on a high school team that went 3-20-2, he was able to boast a save percentage of .918, stopping over 1,000 shots during the season.

Michalek will begin a career at Harvard this fall.


Pick #191
C Tyler Graovac
Ottawa 67's (OHL)
Brampton, Ont.
6-foot-3, 179 pounds
Central Scouting Rank: 120th among North American skaters

Analysis:
The Wild uses its final pick to take Graovac, a big center who tallied 10 goals and 11 assists in 66 OHL games last season. The previous season, he missed more than 50 games with a broken jaw after taking a blocked shot to the face.

But there aren't many centers with his size, and he also has some speed and hockey sense to match it.
Minnesota Wild 2011 Draft Board
ROUND
/ PICK
Position / PLAYER Height
/ Weight
1/10 6-1 / 169
1/28 C / zack phillips 6-0 / 175
2/40
traded to boston in exchange
for chuck kobasew
2/60 LW / Mario lucia 6-2 / 183
3/71 Traded to vancouver in exchange for no. 60 (mario lucia)
4/101 Traded to vancouver in exchange for no. 60 (mario lucia)
5/131
D / Nick Seeler
6-2 / 185
6/161
g / stephen michalek
6-2 / 183
7/191
C / tyler Graovac
6-3 / 179


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