The Minnesota Wild found its long-term captain and a pair of fan favorite energy forwards in the second draft in team history.
The Wild had seven picks in the nine round 2001 NHL Entry Draft, including two third round selections.
Round 1, Pick 6
Mikko Koivu, C, TPS (Finland)
The 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound Finn is the leader on and off the ice for the Wild. He was named the first permanent captain in team history prior to the 2009-10 season. He responded with career-highs in goals, assists and points. He is signed through the 2017-18 season and is likely to finish his career with the Wild.
Round 2, Pick 36
Kyle Wanvig, RW, Red Deer (WHL)
The 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound Alberta native spent four seasons in the Wild organization, including 51 games in 2005-06. After that season, he played parts of the next two seasons in the NHL before heading to Sweden and Russia. He split the 2008-09 season between Sweden’s elite league and the Kontinental Hockey League before taking one last crack at the NHL. He played in the American Hockey League in 2009-10, but went back to Europe the following year. He spent 2010-11 in Germany and Slovakia before playing in Austria last season. He is currently un-signed and be heading toward retirement.
Round 3, Pick 74
Chris Heid, D, Spokane (WHL)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound British Columbia native played two-plus years in the Wild organization after exhausting his junior eligibility. After struggling in and bouncing around the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League, he spent the 2006-07, which NHL.com lists as his final season, in Germany.
Round 3, Pick 93
Stephane Veilleux, LW, Val d’Or (QMJHL)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound Quebec native may have just completed his second stint with the Wild. He was an effective fourth-line checker with the Wild before jumping at the opportunity to play on a scoring line with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He failed to match the production with the Wild and left for Finland and Switzerland in 2010-11. He came back to the NHL this season and spent most of it in the American Hockey League. The Wild acquired him in a late February trade with the New Jersey Devils. He is an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Round 4, Pick 103
Tony Virta, RW, TPS (Finland)
The 5-foot-10-inch, 187-pound Finn about a season and a half in the Wild organization, including eight games with the Wild, before returning to Europe. He played in Sweden, Finland and Switzerland. NHL.com lists his last season as 2009-10 with HPK Hameenlinna in Finland.
Round 7, Pick 202
Derek Boogaard, LW, Prince George (WHL)
The 6-foot-7-inch, 265-pound Saskatchewan native played seven seasons in the Wild organization as one of the most popular players on the team. The fan favorite signed a lucrative free agent contract with the New York Rangers prior to the 2010-11 season. He played one season for the Rangers before passing away in his Minneapolis apartment just over a year ago. His last goal scored on Nov. 9, 2010 snapped a goalless drought that lasted four years, 10 months and two days.
Round 8, Pick 239
Jake Riddle, LW, Seattle (WHL)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 210-pound Fridley native was the first Minnesota native selected by the Wild in the draft in team history. He was not signed by the Wild and spent his entire professional career in the East Coast Hockey League with a small taste of the American Hockey League in 2005-06. NHL.com lists his last season as 2006-07 with the Utah Grizzlies of the East Coast Hockey League.