The Minnesota Wild management had the longest wait to make its first selection in the team’s history in 2003 when it picked 20th in the first round.
The Wild had nine picks in the nine round 2003 NHL Entry Draft, including two picks in the seventh round.
Round 1, Pick 20
Brent Burns, D, Brampton (OHL)
The 6-foot-5-inch, 219-pound Ontario native played eight years in the Wild organization before getting traded to the San Jose Sharks in the first blockbuster trade between the two teams. He is the best offensive defenseman in team history. He set the team’s record for points by a defenseman in the 2010-11 season with 46 (17 goals and 29 assists). He signed an extension with the Sharks last summer and remains with the team.
Round 2, Pick 56
Patrick O’Sullivan, C, Mississauga (OHL)
The 5-foot-11-inch, 190-pound Ontario native played nearly two full seasons over two stints with the Wild organization. After one year in the professional ranks, the Wild traded him to the Los Angeles Kings. He spent two-plus seasons with the Kings before he was traded twice in one day at the trade deadline during the 2008-09 season. The Kings sent him to the Carolina Hurricanes, who in turn sent him to the Edmonton Oilers just hours later. He played the rest of that season plus one more with the Oilers. He signed with the Hurricanes prior 2010-11 season, but was placed on waivers after 10 games. The Wild claimed on waivers. He played 21 games with the Wild before himself on waivers again. He went unclaimed and spent the rest of the season with the Houston Aeros. He signed with the Phoenix Coyotes last offseason and played 23 games for the Pacific Division champs, but did not play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Round 3, Pick 78
Danny Irmen, RW, Lincoln (USHL)
The 6-foot, 182-pound Fargo native played five years in the Wild organization after playing three years for the Minnesota Golden Gopher hockey program. He earned NHL debut with the Wild in 2009-10. He played two games without getting on the score sheet. He signed with HC Bolzano in Italy the following offseason. He played last season for Linz EHC in Austria.
Round 5, Pick 157
Marcin Kolusz, F, Novy Targ (Poland)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound Poland native was never signed by the Wild. After getting drafted, he played one year of juniors in Canada. He returned to Europe and has been there since. He bounced between Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia before playing the last three years in Poland.
Round 6, Pick 187
Miroslav Kopriva, G, Kladno (Czech Republic)
The 6-foot-4-inch, 215-pound Czech Republic native played two-plus seasons in the Wild organization. He bounced between the low-minor league levels and Houston Aeros in those seasons. During the 2007-08 season, he returned to Europe and has been playing in the Czech Republic and Slovakia since. He played last season for the HC Slavia Praha in the Czech elite league Extraliga.
Round 7, Pick 207
Grigory Misharin, D, Yekaterinburg (Russia)
The 6-foot, 198-pound Russian never signed with the Wild. Like Kolusz, he played one year of juniors in Canada after getting drafted. Also, like Kolusz, he went back to Europe after one season. He has since played in Russia. He played last season for Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Round 7, Pick 219
Adam Courchaine, C, Vancouver (WHL)
The 5-foot-10-inch, 171-pound Manitoba native played one season in the Wild organization. He bounced between the Aeros and the East Coast Hockey League in 2005-06. After that season, he signed to play in Austria. After one season there, he signed to play in Germany. He played last season for the DEG of Germany’s elite league.
Round 8, Pick 251
Mathieu Melanson, LW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
The 6-foot, 185-pound New York native did not sign with the Wild. After completing his junior eligibility, he played nine games of Canadian college hockey before turning pro. He played two years of minor league hockey, mostly in the East Coast Hockey League. After a one-year hiatus, he returned to hockey for another Canadian college. He played his last season for the St. Thomas Tommies of the Atlantic University Sport Men’s Hockey League.
Round 9, Pick 281
Jean-Michel Bolduc, D, Quebec (QMJHL)
The 6-foot-4-inch, 190-pound Maine native did not sign with the Wild. After completing his junior eligibility in 2005-06, he has played in the Ligue nord-americaine de hockey (LNAH). The LNAH is a low-level minor hockey league that is known for fighting (averaged 3.2 fights per game in 2010-11 according to a New York Times article, which is 2.6 more fights per game than the NHL).