Thursday, June 24, 2010

2010 NHL Draft Wild Thoughts

The Wild celebrate a victory at the Xcel Energy Center
This weekend is important for the Minnesota Wild. On June 25 and 26, the Wild have a chance to select at least seven players in the 2010 NHL Draft. With four picks within the first seventy, Minnesota has a great opportunity to select some impact players. After losing star forward Marian Gaborik last offseason to free agency, the Wild really need some goal scoring forwards. They only had 4 players score 20 goals or more last season, with Guillaume Latendresse netting 27 for the team lead. If the Wild are going to contend with the NHL's best, they will need more depth at forward. A talented forward who can put the puck in the net is just what the fanbase could use.

The last two first round picks have been defensemen, one of which they traded in Nick Leddy. Minnesota has some quality players at defense right now with Marek Zidlicky, Cam Barker, Brent Burns, Greg Zanon, Nick Schultz, and prospects Tyler Cuma and Marco Scandella ready to come up. The first pick Minnesota will have will be the #9 spot in the 1st round. Some options at #9 are forwards Brett Connolly, Jeff Skinner, Nino Niederreiter, Ryan Johansen, Alex Burmistrov, and Mikael Granlund. The general consensus is that the Wild will definitely select a forward this year and the hope is that player can be the star they desire. Definitely an exciting weekend for a Wild fan.

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