It took a while, but the Wild decided to have some defensemen join their 2015 draft class. First, they selected Michigan commit Nick Boka in the 6th-round. Then with their first pick in the 7th-round, they grabbed Sault St. Marie Greyhound defenseman Gustav Bouramman.
Now that we know the pick, just who is this guy?
Bouramman is a quick, averaged sized defenceman who skates very well and is an excellent passer. Not overly physical but is a smart player. He fit in well on a deep Soo Greyhounds team and will look to be the top guy next season after the graduation of Darnell Nurse.- Tyler Parchem, Elite Prospects
Shows composure in that he can make a crisp pass to his partner or up to his forwards with a forechecker on his back. Has a good shot for tipping or deflections but will need to improve its velocity going forward. He is slick in possession and exudes confidence exiting his zone; whether it is rushing the puck up ice, or to deliver a pass, Bouramman does everything in his power to spark the attack. He possesses very fluid movements, is strong on his feet, and is mobile in all facets of the game. Strong hockey sense.-
Bouramman is exactly the kind of defenseman the Wild covet. A mobile, smart two-way defenseman. He's a 7th-round pick, but he doesn't look like he has red flags, as he possessing both decent size and skating ability.
Again, with any 7th-round selection, you're dealing with a long-shot to contribute in the NHL, but Bouramman's smarts and skating makes him at least a solid bet to eventually be good depth for the Iowa Wild, which has been sorely missed for the last few years.