2009 Minnesota Wild Draft Recap

Rnd Pick Ov
Player D.O.B. Birth Place Cty Ht Wt League Team Pos
1 16 16   Nick Leddy
3/20/91
Eden Prairie, MN
US  5' 11"  179  HIGH-MN  EDEN PRAIRIE
3 16 77   Matthew Hackett
3/7/90 London, ON
CA  6' 2"  170  OHL  PLYMOUTH
4 12 103   Kristopher Foucault 12/12/90 Calgary, AB
CA  6' 1"  202  WHL  CALGARY LW 
4 25 116   Alexander Fallstrom 9/15/90 Gothenberg, SE
SE  6' 2"  192  HIGH-MN  SHAT.ST.MARY'S RW 
6 10 161   Darcy Kuemper 5/5/90 Saskatoon, SK
CA  6' 4"  195  WHL  RED DEER
6 12 163   Jere Sallinen 10/26/90 Espoo FI  6' 0"  183  FINLAND-JR.  BLUES JR. RW; LW;  
7 1 182   Erik Haula 3/23/91 Pori FI  5' 11"  170  HIGH-MN  SHAT.ST.MARY'S LW 
7 12 193   Anthony Hamburg
8/30/91 Houston, TX
US  6' 1"  185  MIDGET  DALLAS STARS AAA

 

Three kids from Minnesota High Schools (granted two are from Scandinavia), but only one center. Obviously way too soon to tell, but for filling need, they didn't do so well. I still see a severe lack of size on the front line, aside from maybe Fallstrom. Speaking of Fallstrom, NHL.com did a fantastic article on him in December.


"Alex is a big, strong, strapping player," said Tom Ward, the Shattuck coach. "He's kind of a rough-and-tumble power forward in the Tomas Holmstrom mold (of the Detroit Red Wings). He has a chance to become a great player because he's very intelligent. He doesn't play exclusively on a line with (Haula), but when he does, it's exciting to watch." Fallstrom, who committed to Harvard in the fall, is exciting because he can both score and set up goals.

Here's hoping that the trade for Kyle Brodziak immediately improves the offense. Oh, and both Chuck Fletcher and Todd Richards better hope that Jordan Schroeder is a giant bust.

Overall grade: C+

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