Minnesota Wild 2006 draft review: two remain in the organization
The Minnesota Wild has just two of its seven selections in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft still in the organization and only one played a game in the NHL in the last two seasons.
This draft came in the middle of what turned out to be a string of underachieving high draft picks.
Round 1, Pick 9
James Sheppard, C, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
The 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound Nova Scotia native spent four seasons with the Wild organization. He managed just 11 goals and 38 assists while playing 224 games in three seasons for the Wild. He missed all of the 2010-11 season with a knee injury and was traded to the San Jose Sharks last summer. He played four games last season for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate and did not record a point.
Round 2, Pound 40
Ondrej Fiala, C, Everett (WHL)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 183-pound Czech Republic native was not signed by the Wild. After completing his junior career, he played two games in the Kontinental Hockey League. He then played in the Czech Republic through the 2010-11 season.
Round 3, Pick 72
Cal Clutterbuck, RW, Oshawa (OHL)
The 5-foot-11-inch, 213-pound Ontario native has spent all five of his professional seasons in the Wild organization. He has become a fan favorite with a high-energy, checking style. He has amassed 58 goals and 42 assists in 304 NHL games. He has one more year left on his contract before becoming a restricted free agent next summer.
Round 4, Pick 102
Kyle Medvec, D, Apple Valley (United States High School)
The 6-foot-5-inch, 191-pound Apple Valley native played his first professional season last year with the Houston Aeros. He played 56 games with the Aeros amassing one goal and three assists. He has one more year remaining on his contract before becoming a restricted free agent next sumer.
Round 5, Pick 132
Niko Hovinen, G, Jokerit (Finland)
The 6-foot-7-inch, 200-pound Finland native was not signed by the Wild. He has played his entire career bouncing around and between Finland’s elite and junior leagues. He signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers last summer.
Round 6, Pick 162
Julian Walker, RW, Basel (Switzerland)
The 6-foot-2-inch, 209-pound Switzerland native has played his entire career in his homeland. The Wild owned his rights until recently and he is no longer listed among the team’s prospects. He is listed on the Geneve-Servette hockey team’s roster for next season in Switzerland’s elite league.
Round 7, Pick 192
Chris Hickey, C, Cretin-Derham Hall (United States High School)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound Mendota Heights native was not signed by the Wild. After completing his high school career, he played one full season in the United States Hockey League. He played sparingly for the University of Wisconsin as a freshman in 2008-09. Following that season, he transferred to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He completed his eligibility with the Tommies last season.