The Minnesota Wild stock piled picks in the first few drafts in team history.
But, as the team grew, the management group led by former General Manager Doug Risebrough added veteran players at the expense of the draft.
The Wild were considered to have the worst prospect pool for a reason.
Despite having two NHL-caliber players, this draft class is the epitome of the poor drafting the Wild had at the end of Risebrough’s tenure.
Round 1, Pick 23
Tyler Cuma, D, Ottawa (OHL)
The 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound Ontario native completed his second professional season with the Wild organization. He made his NHL debut last season with the Wild. He played just the one game and is still looking for his first NHL point. Injuries have slowed his development, which has allowed other defensemen to pass him on the team’s prospects list. He is scheduled to become a restricted free agent following the 2012-13 season.
Round 2, Pick 55
Marco Scandella, D, Val d’Or (QMJHL)
The 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound Quebec native played the majority of last season with the Wild. Over the last two seasons, he has amassed 83 NHL games and recorded three goals and 11 assists. He is scheduled to become a restricted free agent following the 2012-13 season.
Round 4, Pick 115
Sean Lorenz, D, USA U-18 (USDP)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 191-pound Colorado native completed his final season of eligibility at the University of Notre Dame. The Wild has not signed him and I believe will need to do so before June 30 or lose his rights. He is still listed as a prospect on the team’s roster, but does not appear on the contract chart list.
Round 5, Pick 145
Eero Elo, LW, Lukko Jr. (Finland Jr.)
The 6-foot-3-inch, 189-pound Finland native was not signed by the Wild. With the exception of a brief 10-game stint in the second Finland league, he has played his entire career with one organization in Finland. He is listed on Lukko Rauma’s roster for next season in the SM-Liiga.