SBN Mock Draft: 2nd Round

With all of the focus on the first round, the SBN mock draft charges forward, into the second round. As you should all know by now, the Wild own two picks in the second round, their own at 39, and the Washington Capitals' pick at 56 acquired for Eric Belanger.

Who did we choose on behalf of the Wild? Make the jump and find out.

First, let's get caught up. The first round looked like this:

Pick    Team    Player
1    EDM    Taylor Hall
2    BOS    Tyler Seguin
3    FLA    Cam Fowler
4    CBJ    Brandon Gormley
5    NYI    Erik Gudrandson
6    TBL    Vladimir Tarasenko
7    CAR    Nino Niederreiter
8    ATL    Brett Connolly
9    MIN    Mikael Granlund
10    NYR    Jeff Skinner
11    DAL    Derek Forbort
12    ANA    Ryan Johansen
13    PHX    Mark Pysyk
14    STL    Nick Bjugstad
15    BOS    Emerson Etem
16    OTT    Alexander Burmistrov
17    COL    Jack Campbell
18    NSH    Austin Watson
19    LAK    Jon Merrill
20    PIT    John McFarland
21    DET    Riley Sheahan
22    PHX    Quinton Howden
23    BUF    Dylan McIlrath
24    ATL    Evgeny Kuznetsov
25    VAN    Jarred Tinordi
26    WSH    Brock Nelson
27    MTL    Ryan Spooner
28    SJS    Tyler Toffoli
29    ANA    Beau Bennett
30    CHI    Jaden Schwartz

Thus far in the second round, it looks like this:

31    EDM Tyler Pitlick
32    BOS Charlie Coyle
33    FLA Stanislav Gailev
34    CBJ    Jordan Weal
35    NYI Calle Jarnkrok
36    FLA Ryan Martindale    
37    CAR Ludvig Rensfeldt    
38    NJD Petr Straka
39    MIN Mark Alt
40    NYR Kirill Kabanov
41    DAL    Brock Beukeboom
42    ANA Calvin Pickard    
43  CHI Justin Faulk
44  STL Teemu Pulkkinen
45  BOS  Brad Ross
46    CAR Alex Petrovic
47    COL Jason Zucker
48    EDM Patrik Nemeth
49    LAK Curtis Hamilton
50    FLA Andrew Yogan
51    DET Johan Larsson
52    PHX Kevin Sundher
53    CAR Stephen Johns
54    CHI Greg McKegg
55    CBJ Philipp Grubauer
56    MIN Max Gardiner
57    MTL
58    NYI
59    LAK
60    CHI

As you can see from above, we have selected Mark Alt, defenseman from Cretin Durham Hall High School here in Minnesota, and Max Gardiner, forward out of Minnetonka High School, also here in Minnesota.

Let's look at our first choice, Mark Alt.

Buddha: A two sport star in hockey and football, only recently did Alt fully commit to hockey. That has left some questions with his passion for the game and with his mental ability to read the game. That said, he has plenty of time to refocus at the University of Minnesota. 6' 4" 205lbs at 17 years old? That'll do just fine.

And finally, Max Gardiner.

Buddha: The younger brother of defenseman Jake Gardiner, taken in the first round of last year's draft by the Anaheim Ducks. Max is a power forward, and a fairly good one at that. 17 games, 17 goals, 43 points. I think those are some decent numbers. According to SBN's Western College Hockey Blog, Gardiner is headed to the USHL for one year before going to the University of Minnesota. Gardiner is likely a long term project, but with Bomber in the new role of Player Development, there is nothing but faith that Gardiner would move along quickly.

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