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Minnesota Wild 2012 draft review

 

Shortly after the 2012 NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild greatly accelerated their rebuild by adding prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, filling two major organizational holes. With a crop of good prospects ready to compete for important jobs this year and next, the Wild took the long view with their 2012 draft class.



Most of the 2012 draft class won't turn pro for three years minimum, allowing for the current group of top prospects to prove themselves as professionals. This staggering should generate the kind of organizational stability every team needs, but only elite teams really have.… read more



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Very good article, probably the best I've seen yet from the mother site.

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Nice prospect round-up.

I could see Bussières and Gilmour developing into decent bottom-six forwards, while Draeger seems to have top-four potential, with obvious high boom/bust potential.

Gunnarson sounds like injury call-up insurance. Bertschy and Nanne sound like long-shots.


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Not excited about this year's crop, outside of Dumba. A bunch of 'meh' prospects IMO. But ask me again in a year, I might have a different opinion

Nice article, though

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Have to say that Bussières in the description reminds me of a Lapierre or Marchand type of player. If that happens, as much as I hate those other guys on their teams, I wouldn't mind it on the Wild.

BTW, Lucia wasn't "too good for the BCHL". He was a very good player in the league on an exceptional team in Penticton. I'd say from all reports he had a good year of development and ready for the next step.

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Outside of Dumba, there's no one in this draft class to really lose sleep over, but I think we had a really solid draft. Bussieres fills one of the few holes in our prospect pool, and all of the "middle" picks have a lot of promise along with a long run approach to their development.

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Not excited about this year's crop, outside of Dumba. A bunch of 'meh' prospects IMO. But ask me again in a year, I might have a different opinion

Nice article, though
Depth players. Wait 3 years, then stick the thermometer in and see if they're done. The way our cupboard's stocked, I'm not sure we have too much to worry about.

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Bussieres just has that face that you want to punch. Don't know what it is, but I just want to punch it. That trait could come in handy.

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Bussieres just has that face that you want to punch. Don't know what it is, but I just want to punch it. That trait could come in handy.
We need a good agitator .

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We need a good agitator .
That's what Clutterbuck is for!

And possibly Bulmer.

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Bussieres just has that face that you want to punch. Don't know what it is, but I just want to punch it. That trait could come in handy.
him being a frenchie have anything to do with it?

like the article, i think Dreager will be a solid player for us, i see him as a good sleeper pick who can really bloom.

Gilmour as a bottom 6 guy sounds very exciting, i love that we got some guys with size in this draft.

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Bussières could develop into a player in a few years. Like a poor man's Andrew Ladd.

He's got size and skill.

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him being a frenchie have anything to do with it?

like the article, i think Dreager will be a solid player for us, i see him as a good sleeper pick who can really bloom.

Gilmour as a bottom 6 guy sounds very exciting, i love that we got some guys with size in this draft.
I like the size as well.

I also like the various development paths available to this draft. I especially like that Dreager and Gilmour are going to top NCAA programs. Who knows what kind of players we'll be talking about a few years from now?

Bussieres is the real wild-card, boom or bust guy. He was so highly thought of at the start of the season, and then dropped off the charts.

But scouts saw something they liked leading up last season.

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Unless Bulmer goes on a crazy development path (certainly possible at this rate), Bussieres and Bulmer could form a talented and equally pain in the *** pair of wingers for the third line. Both have very good size, can skate, and really have more skill than what you'd see from a typical third line. That could be a pairing opposing teams would HATE from several years to come.

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And people want(ed) to can Fletcher. /shakeshead

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Unless Bulmer goes on a crazy development path (certainly possible at this rate), Bussieres and Bulmer could form a talented and equally pain in the *** pair of wingers for the third line. Both have very good size, can skate, and really have more skill than what you'd see from a typical third line. That could be a pairing opposing teams would HATE from several years to come.
Plug either Coyle or Larsson in the middle of them (when Brodziak moves on) and that would look awfully familiar to a former 3rd line in Pittsburgh.

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Bussieres - Larsson - Bulmer

Uff-da.

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The LBs line. They have a lot of them too.

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The LBs line. They have a lot of them too.
Better than the BBL line. Never know whether they'll show up.

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