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2014 Wild Draft Picks

Friday, 06.27.2014 / 9:50 PM / 2014Draft
By Kelly Erickson  - Special To Wild.com
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2014 Wild Draft Picks
Get a quick profile on each of the Wild\'s 2014 Draft picks

Things can happen fast at the Draft, so in case you miss anything, rest assured that we at Wild.com have you covered. Below you'll find a quick profile on each of the Minnesota Wild's 2014 selections.

Alex Tuch
Round 1 (18th overall)
HT: 6'3"
WT: 218
Position: F
SHoots: R
Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.
PREVIOUS TEAM: U.S. NDp





Analysis:
With its first pick of the 2014 NHL Entry draft, the Wild selected American forward, Alex Tuch. Tuch spent the past season with the U.S. National Development Program. In his second season with the program in 2013-14, he was third on the team with 64 points on 29 goals and 35 assists through 61 games. He also tied for first with seven game-winners and a plus-35 rating. This last season, he skated with Team USA at the Under-18 World Championship and tallied three assists in the tournament as Team USA captured gold. He will start his college career this fall at Boston College. NHL Central Scouting noted that he's got a big body with some grit to his game and is good around the net.

Wild Assistant GM Brent Flahr on Tuch:
"We are very happy to add Alex to the Minnesota Wild organization. He's a big strong winger with quality hands and an NHL shot. We feel that he has tremendous upside and we are very excited to add a potential power forward to our group of prospects."


Louis Belpedio
Round 3 (80th overall)
HT: 5'10"
WT: 193
Position: D
SHoots: R
Hometown: Skokie, IL
PREVIOUS TEAM: U.S. u-18





Analysis:
With its second pick of the 2014 NHL Entry draft, the Wild selected American defenseman Louis Belpedio. Belpedio was teammates with the Wild's first-round pick Tuch last season as part of the U.S. National Development Program. According to the Program's website, the 5-foot-10, 193-pound blueliner picked up 23 points in 61 games played last season on seven goals and 13 assists. He also registered 44 PIM and a plus-14 rating. Though he's not the biggest guy, he's described as a stout defenseman who doesn't shy away from contact and isn't afraid to jump up into the play.


Kaapo Kahkonen
Round 4 (109th overall)
HT: 6'1"
WT: 209
Position: G
Catches: Left
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
PREVIOUS TEAM: Blues Jr.





Analysis:
In the fourth round, with its third pick of the draft, the Wild selected Finnish goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen. The netminder played in 39 games and registered a .912 save percentage on the season with the Espoo Blues. He is described as having the typical size of an NHL netminder and is strong in all areas of his game. A butterfly-style netminder, he is said to be in control at all times and has quick feet.


Tanner Faith
Round 5 (139th overall)
HT: 6'3"
WT: 211
Position: D
SHoots: R
Hometown: Terrace, B.C.
PREVIOUS TEAM: Kootenay (WHL)





Analysis:
In the fifth round the Wild selected Canadian defenseman Tanner Faith. He appeared in just ten games for Kootenay last season, recording an assist and nine PIM.


Pontus Sjalin
Round 6 (160th overall)
HT: 6'0"
WT: 168
Position: D
SHoots: L
PREVIOUS TEAM: Ostersunds IK (Sweden)





Analysis:
With its first of three picks in the sixth round, the Wild selected Swedish defenseman Pontus Sjalin. Last season he played a total of 31 games for Ostersunds IK (21 at Division 1, six in U-18, four in U-20). He racked up a total nine points between the three levels on four goals and five assists. He also registered a total 12 PIM and a combined plus-21 rating.

Chase Lang
Round 6 (167th overall)
HT: 6'1"
WT: 176
Position: C
SHoots: L
Hometown: Nanaimo, B.C.
PREVIOUS TEAM: Calgary (WHL)





Analysis:
With its second pick in the sixth round, the Wild selected Canadian centerman Chase Lang. He spent 2013-14 with Calgary in the WHL where he tallied ten goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 68 games played. He also registered 52 PIM and a plus-13 rating.



Reid Duke
Round 6 (169th overall)
HT: 6'0"
WT: 189
Position: C
SHoots: R
Hometown: Calgary, AB
PREVIOUS TEAM: Lethbridge (WHL)





Analysis:
With its third pick in the sixth round, the Wild selected another Canadian centerman, Reid Duke. The Calgary native skated with Lethbridge in the WHL last season and netted 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points in 62 games. He also registered 91 PIM.


Pavel Jenys
Round 7 (199th overall)
HT: 6'2"
WT: 189
Position: C
SHoots: L
Hometown: BRno, CZE
PREVIOUS TEAM: Brno (CZE)





Analysis:
With its final pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Minnesota Wild selected Czech centerman Pavel Jenys. He spent the last season playing for his hometown's junior team, netting 13 goals in 26 games. He also picked up six assists for 19 points. The forward was also a member of the the Czech Republic's 2013 World Junior A Challenge Team and over four games he netted two goals.


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