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05-24-2010, 03:42 PM
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Other things that I enjoy about the article:
The obligatory mention of the Minnesota-born players one way or another.
For a team based in Minnesota, the organization showed very little faith in that state's developmental programs.
The fact that Chuck Fletcher allows his father to be general manager of the Minnesota Wild. Where's Russo with this news?
Nonetheless, Cliff Fletcher's new regime will have a fair amount of leeway as it makes up for some mediocre draft years.
The fact that the Wild pipeline is so bad that the article admits the number 17 prospect has no shot of making the NHL.
His North American career currently compares unfavorably with a player like Patrick Thoresen's and his time as a Minnesota prospect is all but done.
I sort of believe that if you take out the guys who are technically there because there are no other guys, there would be less than twenty prospects. Heck for a team which has a weak goaltender pipeline, there are four of them in the top twenty because there's no one left.

Blog: First Round Bust: A Cast of Thousands celebrating a rather dodgy track record of Minnesota Wild Drafting.

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