It's entirely possible that when you watch a rivalry game between Boston College and Boston University next season, the Minnesota Wild will have drafted the two biggest players on the ice.
After drafting Boston College power forward Alex Tuch (6'4") in the first round of the 2014 draft, the Wild have continued to add size to their organization, drafting Jordan Greenway (6'5", 222 lbs) with the 50th pick overall out of the United States National Development Program.
Here's what some scouts say about the New York Native:
He's still somewhat raw, but has a lot of upside. Greenway skates and handles the puck well for a big man, although he's not top-end in either area. He has the tools and work ethic to succeed, but again, he'll need some developing.- Corey Pronman, ESPN
Greenway is a physically mature playmaking winger. He protects the puck on the wall like a beast, thanks to his large frame, and can hold his ground in front of the net without being pushed around. Needs to be careful he doesn’t become a gentle giant on the wall–too often he will let up though. He shows off a heavy shot and has the sense to set up in shooting position off the face-off. He has a good hard wrister, but also shows the ability to score in many different ways. Greenway needs to be much stronger on the puck if he wants to be effective at the next level.- Future Considerations
Scouts are all over the board on Greenway, with him being ranked anywhere from the early second round, to late third. He needs work refining his game, and might lack a little of a mean streak- something coaches want to see in a 6'5" player.
Any hint that the pick of 5'10" Louis Belpedio last season signaled the Wild's scouting staff might stop focusing on size was probably unfounded. The Wild selections so far include the 6'2" Joel Eriksson Ek and Greenway. The Wild are continuing to build their future around big players with skill.
Jordan Greenway will attend Boston University next season, who got to the NCAA Title game last season, losing to Providence after blowing a 3-2 lead in the third period. With BU star Jack Eichel likely leaving to play for Buffalo this upcoming season, it's not at all likely we'll be able to see what Greenway could do on Eichel's wing.