Looking at where the Wild are currently sitting in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, there's a whole lot to like. With the 7th overall pick, the Wild have a great chance of selecting a future franchise defenseman from a very talented group of young blueliners that include the likes of Jacob Trouba, Cody Ceci, Morgan Reilly, Griffin Reinhart and Matt Dumba. However, in a defensive heavy draft year, there are a few very talented forwards that all have a chance of being drafted in the top 15, including three or four that could go in the top five. We all know who these three to four are; Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Filip Forsberg and Alex Galchenyuk.
While acquiring a Trouba, Ceci or Reinhart is very tempting to Wild fans, I think we can all agree that the ultimate prize would be to steal Galchenyuk at 7th. The odds of this happening, however, are most likely slim to none. Mock drafts from all corners of the web have Galchenyuk pegged to go anywhere from 2nd-7th, 4th-5th on average. If Chuck Fletcher, Brent Flahr and their staff truly have their hearts set on Alex, a trade to move up is inevitable. Let me explain what options I believe the Wild brass need to consider if they're looking to move up.
Option A: Toronto. Personally, I have every fiber in my body telling me Burke will make a move to aquire Edmonton's pick. However, if this doesn't happen, the Wild could make a decent offer for the 5th overall pick (currently held by the Leafs). Toronto needs goal scoaring and the Wild just so happens to have a big bodied winger with a nose for the net (when Healthy) in a certain Mr. Latendresse that they may or may not look to resign. A package of the Wild's first and second round picks, plus the rights to Gui should be an interesting offer for Toronto's first rounder and possibly an additional late round draft pick. If the Wild choose not to resign Latendresse, it might as well get something of use in return.
Option B: NY Islanders. The deal that applies above could also apply to obtaining the 4th overall pick. Maybe throw in a goalie prospect to help shore up the Islanders goaltending situation and, instead of also receiving a late round pick, also receive a 3rd-5th rounder or roster player in return.
This is what I believe Fletcher might do to move up in the draft, seeing as how he is looking to preserve his core group of prospects and land another great prospect as well. What do you think, Wilderness?
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