Minnesota Wild First Round Recap


We all knew Chuck Fletchers had the gonads to make deals. He traded for Barker (terrible move by the way) for Leddy, traded to get Kyle Brodziak.

Today, he shows it off again, trading away Brent Burns and a second round pick 2012 for Devon Setoguchi, prospect Charlie Coyle and the 28th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

So how did the first round turn out for the Minnesota Wild?

Take the jump and take a look!


Jonas Brodin

#25 / Defense / Farjestad

6-1

169

Jul 12 1993



GP G A P +/- PIM Midterm Rank
Final Rank HW Rank
2010 - Farjestad
42
0
4
4
6
12
4
3 17.3

"With the tenth selection, in the 2011 Entry Draft, please join me in welcoming the newest citizen to state of hockey, from Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League, Jonas Brodin"

Not many fans were happy with the pick.

But breath. Think it about it carefully, please.

The Wild's top defensive prospect is Marco Scandella, who's upside is a second paring defenseman. Now, that is saying alot. We don't have much talent on the blueline. Selecting Jonas Brodin adds a much needed talent boost on the blueline.

Brodin plays a smart, safe defensive game. His main game is focusing on the transition; making that good first pass and using his mobility to find open areas. While he won't be an offensive dynamo, he gives the Wild a good solid pick that can fill in a similar role that ex-Wild defenseman filled: Kim Johnsson. Not physical, but smart and mobile and we've have seen first hand what smarts and mobility can do with Jared Spurgeon.

While he wasn't top on my list, I am very happy with the pick.


Devin Setoguchi

#16 / Right Wing / San Jose Sharks

6-0

200

Jan 01, 1987



Charlie Coyle

#0 / Center / San Jose Sharks

6-2

202

Mar 02, 1992



You think Devon Setoguchi was the main part of the trade? I disagree. Charlie Coyle was.

He has everything you want. His major concern coming into the 2010-11 season was, can he transtion from the EJHL to the NCAA properly?

Winning HE Rookie of the Year, being named on the HE All-Star tea, winning gold medal with USA and being top 3 players on the USA team, has certainly made some naysayers quiet.

He's big, mobile, and has offensive ability. While we all will miss Brent Burns, Coyle is a great prospect that immediately jumps as our #2 best prospect.


Zack Phillips

#7 / Center / Saint John Sea Dogs

6-1

178

Oct 28, 1992



GP G A P +/- PIM Midterm Rank
Final Rank HW Rank
2010 - Saint John Sea Dogs
67
38
57
95
48 16
12 15 28.8

We at Hockey Wilderness love Zack Phillips. We suggested him being picked at #10 with the Minnesota Wild's first pick.

Now, we get him at 28th overall.

Offensively talented, he's smart and always seems to be at the right place at the right time. There are concerns about his skating ability but if he can compensate that with his hockey sense, we got one hell of player.

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