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Wilderness Walk: 6-22-2013 - Draft Day is almost here! Edition

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Bruce Bennett

Hello, Wilderness! Unless you have been living under a rock for awhile, you all should know that the NHL Entry Draft is a week from tomorrow. I am very excited and anxious to see who the Wild will draft this year! We will all soon find out next week Sunday. Grab your hiking boots everyone, because it's now time to take a Walk.

Wild News

First Round Bust: #NHLDraft2013: ...And On The Notion of Best Player Available - An interesting article that I found on FRB.

Wild road tour kicks off in Stillwater | The Stillwater Gazette - If you live in or around the Stillwater area (I don't unfortunately; I live all the way in SE Wisconsin), be sure to make it out to the kickoff event for this year's Wild road tour. Check out this article for more details. Various Wild players will also be travelling all around the State of Hockey, as well as to Wisconsin and Iowa.

Wild owner defends coach, feels team took step forward | ProHockeyTalk - He should feel that way. The Wild had their first playoff appearance since 2008. Even though the Blackhawks knocked them out in the first round, it was still a huge accomplishment for them to at least be in the playoffs again.

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild 2013 draft preview - Hockey's Future - More Wild draft previews/predictions. Enjoy.

Off the Trail

NHL: Tortorella, Canucks close to a deal - - Good luck coaching a team that doesn't fare well in the playoffs, Tortorella...

Water damage to Saddledome ‘absolutely startling,’ JumboTron control centre underwater - Calgary Herald - Yikes. Let''s hope they get things fixed up there soon.

Tim O’Sullivan: Bruins’ road to Cup title just got rougher | Concord Monitor - Ain't that the truth. The Hawks and Bruins are both very good teams, so the rest of this series is going to be pretty interesting. Whoever wants to win the Cup is going to have to pounce all over the opposition like it's nobody's business. It's still anyone's series, but I myself am hoping for the Bruins to come out victorious with the Cup.

Officials hope to release draft of Coyotes deal next week - USA Today - Will the Coyotes stay in Phoenix, or move to another city like Seattle? Only time will tell, as a deadline to make a deal to keep the 'Yotes in Phoenix is quickly looming upon us.