Or maybe a better question is, who will still be available at #10? I think most of us on the site review mock drafts prior to the upcoming draft and pretty much every mock I've seen has the Wild taking a variety of players in a variety of positions. HW has clearly pointed out that the Wild are deficient at every position save goal tending (no pun intended). But I cannot stand these drafts that have the Wild taking smallish defensemen like a Ryan Murphy especially if they re-sign Burns. It is pretty obvious our holes are most glaring at forward so I will try to focus this post on those positions.
Zibanejad's stock has risen quite a bit in the last few weeks according to reports, articles and mocks. At one point it seemed a sure thing the Wild would be taking him at #10 and he would become quite possibly the steal of the draft. Now it seems that other teams are going to pass on their positions of need, defense, and focus on the best player available which is usually the draft strategy anyway. The idea of Zibanejad playing for the Wild but I think someone is going to reach a bit for him and take him ahead of the Wild.
For a while it seemed that Sven Bartschi's stock was rising almost as much as ZIbanejad's, but it seems it has recently cooled. Still he appears to be picked right before or after the Wild. I think some teams are put off by his size and that he doesn't have the best speed. But those are the same things that were said about Jeff Skinner. The comparisons to Skinner don't stop there, quick release shot, ability to find the open ice, he would be a great pick despite his size. Will he be there at #10? Hard to say, a lot of mocks have the Bruins taking him at #9 to compliment Seguin which would depart from the best player available strategy since there will probably be higher rated defensemen available at #9.
I think most of us in the Wilderness would agree that these two players are the ones we have been watching for the Wild to take at #10. But if they are not there, are we stuck (I use the term loosely) taking a defensemen others passed on? Do we trade down a bit to try and acquire more picks and settle (again loosely) for Zach Phillips, Mark McNeill, Matt Puempel, etc. Does Ryan Strome fall to the Wild?
Part of the enjoyment and agony of draft week is the speculation of who will go where, so I ask the Wilderness, who do they honestly see the Wild taking at #10 or do we trade up or more likely down come June 24?