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Wilderness Walk 7/1/2013: Draft Aftermath Edition

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A series of moves during the season left the Wild without a first round pick during this years NHL Draft. Could the Wild trade their way back into the top round and net themselves a quality draft pick?

Mike Stobe

The simple answer was no. The Minnesota Wild were unable to swing a deal vaulting them back into the first round of yesterdays NHL Draft. You can however put the GMCF spin on it and go with the Wild traded themselves into the 5th overall selection, of the 2010 NHL Draft. In a trade we all saw coming a mile away, the only variable being where, the Minnesota Wild traded away rights to RFA Cal Clutterbuck. The trade made "solely to piss me off " says my wife, the Wild move buttercup to the New York Islanders for 2010's 5th overall selection Nino Niederreiter, whom the Wild had their eyes on during that draft as well.

The Wild also moved defenseman Justin Falk to the New York Rangers yesterday morning for Benn Ferriero and a 2014 6th round pick. Both players are restricted free agents and I'm not even certain the Wild will tender Ferriero an offer at this point unless it is to provide some depth for the Iowa Wild. Falk's ice time here was plummeting fast and this move came as no surprise.

For more on the Wild trades as well as our draft selection, I bring you, the links! Enjoy!

Wild News

Wild drafts Gustav Olofsson with first pick |
Picked by the Wild as the 46th overall pick in the draft, picked by me in the Hockey Wilderness mock draft with the Washington Capital 114th overall selection.

Minnesota Wild draftee Gustav Olofsson patterns his game after Jonas Brodin -
He will get a good close look at just how Brodin plays real soon. Welcome to the State of Hockey Gustav Olofsson!

Wild brass likes size, grit in this draft class |
Size was definitely a concern going into today's draft. Flahr and company did a pretty good job putting some size back in the prospect pool.

Chart: Minnesotans in the NHL draft |
Honestly, I don't know much about any of these kids, but I'm a little surprised Besse didn't go a little sooner. Kid scored what, a thousand goals in the state tourney last season?Congrats to all the Minnesota kids that were drafted yesterday.

2013 Wild draft overview | State of Hockey News
Clipped simply for the awesome picture of Dany Heatley.

Wild 2013 Draft Picks -
Profiles of your new Minnesota Wild prospects.

Trade winds bring 'El Nino' to Wild |
Fair warning Wild players and staff, my wife is super pissed at this. Although, you did save me money on a Clutterbuck jersey.

Clutterbuck dealt to Islanders, reunited with Tavares; Wild acquires El Nino |
Fletcher did trade into the first round today ... of the 2010 draft. This Russo Rant includes a good story about Clutterbuck and Tavares from a few years ago as well.

Wild trades Justin Falk to the Rangers; Wild needs defensemen |
Justin Falk to the New York Rangers for a 2014 sixth-round pick and the rights to right wing Benn Ferriero.

Off the Trail

Jones ‘definitely’ wants to prove Avs, Panthers and Bolts wrong | ProHockeyTalk
Glad we are not on that list...

Tyler Seguin criticized by Bruins GM: ‘He’s got to commit to being a professional’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Ouch ....

Dave Bolland traded to Maple Leafs, less than week after Stanley Cup winning goal | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Thank you, now get out of here!

Report: Pens agree to terms with Letang on eight-year, $58M deal
So much for those rumors the Pens were shopping Letang.

Caps letting Ribeiro go to market | ProHockeyTalk
The 1-season Capitals center has been getting paid 5 million/year. If that number were to come down say, significantly, perhaps the Wild could have a suitable replacement for veteran Matt Cullen? Ah, glorious pipe dreams ...

Canucks trade Cory Schneider to Devils for 9th pick; how will Roberto Luongo take this? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The Canucks have just traded one goalie controversy for another. I know Luongo is a professional, but this has to sting a little.

Lamoriello insists Brodeur is still a No. 1 goalie | ProHockeyTalk
Yes, but is that 1A or 1B?

Martin Brodeur announces son’s selection by NJ Devils in classic draft moment (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
In probably the feel-goodiest (not a word) moment of this years NHL Draft, father Brodeur selects son, Brodeur for the New Jersey Devils.

Report: Columbus shops Bobrovsky following $6M per year demand | ProHockeyTalk
All is not well in Columbus.

He’s on the case: Bobrovsky to sign two-year deal with Columbus | ProHockeyTalk

On the Pitch

Minnesota scene: United falls to Edmonton |
Minnesota United FC dropped out of contention for the NASL spring championship with a 3-1 loss to host Edmonton on Sunday.