Minnesota Wild 2005 draft review: another year of poor results
The Minnesota Wild came out of the lockout with a top five pick.
The NHL used a lottery system to determine the draft order, since the league was locked out for the entire 2004-05 season.
The Wild seven picks in the seven round 2005 NHL Entry Draft, including two in the fourth round.
Round 1, Pick 4
Benoit Pouliot, LW, Sudbury (OHL)
The 6-foot-3-inch, 199-pound Ontario native played three-plus years in the Wild organization. Early in his fourth season with the club he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. He has the talent worthy of fourth pick, but some questioned his heart, work ethic and attitude. After the trade, he got off to a great start in Montreal with 10 goals in the first 15 games. However, he cooled off managed just five goals the rest of the year. He played one more season in Montreal before hitting free agency. He signed with the Boston Bruins prior to last season and recorded a career-high 32 points in 74 games.
Round 2, Pick 57
Matt Kassian, LW, Kamloops (WHL)
The 6-foot-4-inch, 232-pound Alberta native has spent his entire professional career with the Wild organization. After splitting his first year between the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League, he played two full years for the Houston Aeros. He played most of the 2010-11 season in Houston, but earned his NHL debut. He finished with four games in the NHL. Last season, he spent the entire year with the Wild and scored his first two career NHL goals (both in the same game). He is an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Round 3, Pick 65
Kristofer Westblom, G, Kelowna (WHL)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 155-pound Saskatchewan native was not signed by the Wild. After completing his junior career, he attended college in Canada. He played three years at Acadia University. He went on to play four games in the ECHL. Last season, he played four games in the Central Hockey League.
Round 4, Pick 110
Kyle Bailey, C, Portland (WHL)
The 6-foot-2-inch, 182-pound was not signed by the Wild. After completing his junior career, he attended college in Canada. He played five years for the University of New Brunswick. He completed his season in the AHL.
Round 4, Pick 122
Morten Madsen, C, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
The 6-foot-2-inch, 185-pound Denmark native played two seasons in the Wild organization. He tallied 100 points in his only season in Canadian juniors. He turned pro and struggled to match that production with the Aeros. He was sent on loan to the Modo Hockey team in Sweden. He has played there since and is listed on the team’s roster for next season.
Round 5, Pick 129
Anthony Aiello, D, Thayer Academy (United States High School)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 187-pound Massachusetts native was not signed by the Wild. He played four seasons at Boston College before beginning his professional career. He played the 2009-10 season in the ECHL and split the next season between the AHL and ECHL.
Round 7, Pick 199
Riley Emmerson, RW, Tri-City (WHL)
The 6-foot-8-inch, 230-pound British Columbia spent two seasons in the Wild organization. After completing his junior career, he has spent most of his professional career in the ECHL. He spent most of the 2008-09 season in the AHL, but has just four games played in the AHL over the other six seasons. He split last season between the Utah Grizzlies and Toledo Walleye of the ECHL. He is listed on the Walleye’s roster for next season.