First Round Position: 12th
Best Picks of last 3 Years:
Cal Clutterbuck-(RW)- 3rd Round 2006
James Shppard-(C)-1st Round 2006
Colton Gillies-(C)- 1st Round 2007
Tyler Cuma-(D)-1st Round 2008
Cody Almond-(C)-5th Round 2007
Coming Down the Pipe - After striking out With AJ Thelan in 2004 and time running out on 2005 first rounder Benoit Pouliot, the Wild received some value from James Sheppard and should see Colton Gillies make the jump this year. 5th rounder Cody Almond played out of his mind in the playoffs and Memorial Cup with Kelowna.
Draft Trends - 3 of Minnesota’s 4 picks last year were blueliners. In 2008 they stayed away from the WHL, while in 2007 spent 4 of their 5 picks out west.
Millard: Jordan Schroeder - Minnesota dips into it’s own backyard, which is likely near a lake somewhere and pulls out Golden Gopher freshman Jordan Schroeder, giving a team that sometimes lacks skill plenty of it.
Flaming: - Jordan Schroeder – A new regime in the State of Hockey looking to impress/reassure the fanbase won’t have to look far to find a highly talented and offensive player