The Minnesota Wild made the first time it hosted the Entry Draft an eventful one.
The Wild used the first round to select a defenseman and center and made a blockbuster trade.
Then Saturday it was without a second round pick and seemingly had no chance to select top Minnesotan Mario Lucia of Wayzata High School. When he fell into the latter stages of the second round, GM Chuck Fletcher found a way to move up by trading its third and fourth round selections to the Vancouver Canucks for the 60th overall pick.
With that pick, the Wild selected Lucia. He is a big, smart, skilled forward that will go to juniors before deciding on his collegiate choice (his choices are down to Minnesota, Notre Dame and Colorado College).
The Wild then waited until the 131st to make another selection. With that pick it selected Eden Prairie High School defenseman Nick Seeler. He is a two-way, mobile, physical defenseman. He is still a raw prospect, but could be a really good player. He is committed to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, but plans to play a year in the USHL before college.
The Wild used its sixth round pick, 161st overall on Loomis-Chaffee (Connecticut) High School goaltender Stephen Michalek. He is a big goaltender that is very good laterally. He played on a bad high school that allowed over 1,000 in 23 games he was in goal. He posted a .918 save percentage. He is committed to Harvard for this season.
The Wild used its final pick, 191st overall, on center Tyler Graovac of Ottawa of the Ontario Hockey League. He is a tall, finesse player that is a project. He lacks offensive talent, but has two-way presence and improved acceleration and top end speed. With his size he needs to improve his physicality on the ice.