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2009 Minnesota Wild Draft Recap

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Rnd Pick Ov
Player D.O.B. Birth Place Cty Ht Wt League Team Pos
1 16 16 Nick Leddy
3/20/91
Eden Prairie, MN
US 5' 11" 179 HIGH-MN EDEN PRAIRIE D
3 16 77 Matthew Hackett
3/7/90 London, ON
CA 6' 2" 170 OHL PLYMOUTH G
4 12 103 Kristopher Foucault 12/12/90 Calgary, AB
CA 6' 1" 202 WHL CALGARY LW
4 25 116 Alexander Fallstrom 9/15/90 Gothenberg, SE
SE 6' 2" 192 HIGH-MN SHAT.ST.MARY'S RW
6 10 161 Darcy Kuemper 5/5/90 Saskatoon, SK
CA 6' 4" 195 WHL RED DEER G
6 12 163 Jere Sallinen 10/26/90 Espoo FI 6' 0" 183 FINLAND-JR. BLUES JR. RW; LW;
7 1 182 Erik Haula 3/23/91 Pori FI 5' 11" 170 HIGH-MN SHAT.ST.MARY'S LW
7 12 193 Anthony Hamburg
8/30/91 Houston, TX
US 6' 1" 185 MIDGET DALLAS STARS AAA C

Three kids from Minnesota High Schools (granted two are from Scandinavia), but only one center. Obviously way too soon to tell, but for filling need, they didn't do so well. I still see a severe lack of size on the front line, aside from maybe Fallstrom. Speaking of Fallstrom, NHL.com did a fantastic article on him in December.


"Alex is a big, strong, strapping player," said Tom Ward, the Shattuck coach. "He's kind of a rough-and-tumble power forward in the Tomas Holmstrom mold (of the Detroit Red Wings). He has a chance to become a great player because he's very intelligent. He doesn't play exclusively on a line with (Haula), but when he does, it's exciting to watch." Fallstrom, who committed to Harvard in the fall, is exciting because he can both score and set up goals.

Here's hoping that the trade for Kyle Brodziak immediately improves the offense. Oh, and both Chuck Fletcher and Todd Richards better hope that Jordan Schroeder is a giant bust.

Overall grade: C+