Over at Pro Hockey News, Sharon Weatherhead has a brief update on former first round pick (2004 12th overall), and Wild prospect, AJ Thelen.
Many consider Thelen to be one of the biggest draft busts in Wild history. Still, it is nice to have a look at players in the system from people who are closer to the action. He is currently in the ECHL, playing for the Florida Everblades. Thelen currently has 8 points (1G, 7A) in 20 GP, carrying a +3 rating, and has 17PIMs. These numbers are likely to shore up the idea that Thelen in not ready for the AHL, let alone the NHL.
Weatherhead does not ask him directly about his chances of moving up in the hockey foodchain, but does offer us this:
Obviously the Wild’s first round pick hopes to play for his hometown team. But, what else does he see in the crystal ball of his future? Thelen sums it up like this.
“Hockey is on my mind right now. But someday I really want to settle down, get married and start a family”.
Interesting that he says hckey is on his mind right now. Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but it did not read to me to be a giant endorsement of his belief in his ability to move up.
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