The Minnesota Wild selected two faces of the franchise with the first two selections in team history.
The Wild had nine picks in the nine round 2000 NHL Entry Draft, including two in the seventh and eighth rounds.
Round 1, Pick 3
Marian Gaborik, LW, Trencin Dukla (Slovak)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 204-pound Slovakian is the most prolific goal scorer in Wild history. However, the superstar sharp shooter wanted out of Minnesota and left for the New York Rangers as a free agent in 2009. He is currently still on the Rangers roster.
Round 2, Pick 33
Nick Schultz, D, Prince Albert (WHL)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pound Saskatchewan native is the Wild’s all-time games leader. No one has played more games in a Wild uniform than the steady defenseman. He was the longest tenured player in Minnesota professional sports when the Wild traded him to the Edmonton Oilers in late February. He is currently still on the Oilers roster.
Round 4, Pick 99
Marc Cavosie, C, RPI (ECAC)
The 6-foot, 173-pound New York native has made a nice career of bouncing between the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League. He played three years for the Houston Aeros. He played one season (2006-07) in Sweden. NHL.com lists his last season as 2009-10 split between two AHL teams and one ECHL team.
Round 5, Pick 132
Maxim Sushinski, RW, Avangard Omsk (Russia)
The 5-foot-9-inch, 180-pound Russian split one season between the Wild and Avangard Omsk. He played 30 games for the Wild, the only 30 games he has played or a team outside his native Russia. He has had a very good career in Russia and is still playing in the Kontinental Hockey League; currently for Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Round 6, Pick 170
Erik Reitz, D, Barrie (OHL)
The 6-foot-1-inch, 222-pound Michigan native played parts of three seasons with the Wild. He was eventually traded to the Rangers during the 2008-09. NHL.com lists his final season as 2009-10 with Sibir Novosibirsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Round 7, Pick 199
Brian Passmore, C, Oshawa (OHL)
The 5-foot-11-inch, 180-pound Ontario native never got above the low-minor league level. After completing his junior eligibility he joined the Canadian collegiate ranks for one season. After that, he played four seasons in the East Coast Hockey League. NHL.com lists his final season as 2006-07 with the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL.
Round 7, Pick 214
Peter Bartos, LW, Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic)
The 6-foot, 183-pound Slovakian was drafted at 27-year-old. He played just one season in North America splitting time between the Wild and the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League. He played 13 games in a Wild uniform before heading back to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. NHL.com lists his last season as 2010-11 for HC Kosice in Slovakia.
Round 8, Pick 232
Lubomir Sekeras, D, Trinec (Czech Republic)
The 6-foot, 187-pound Slovakian was drafted at 32-years-old and played very well in the Wild’s inaugural season. He was one of the better defensemen on the team, but his play slipped each of the next two years. He played three years for the Wild before playing four games for the Dallas Stars. During the 2003-04 season, he signed in Russia and Sweden before finishing the year with the Stars. After that he bounced around Europe in Germany, Slovakia, Sweden and the Czech Republic. NHL.com lists his most recent season as 2010-11 for Trinec Ocelari HC in Slovakia.
Round 8, Pick 255
Eric Johansson, C, Tri-City (WHL)
The 6-foot, 190-pound Alberta native was not signed by the Wild and re-entered the draft in 2002. He played two-plus seasons in the AHL, before taking his game to Europe. He bounced between the leagues in Sweden and Finland before finding his way onto a club in Austria. He currently plays for Alba Volan HC in Austria.