If the Wild view two players as roughly equivalent, and Carolina is worried we might pick "their guy" or worse, trade down to Winnipeg's spot, they would possibly be inclined to move up. Think about the Vikings at their draft. They could trade down because of the threat of someone else moving up.
I don't think it's really likely, but I wouldn't rule out a trade with Carolina.
Bingo. Based on my (limited) knowledge of WPG's organization, they're probably not looking for OFD either. Get WPG and CAR into a bidding war for the Wild's pick, since there's a very good chance they'll both be after Teravainen. Or alternatively, just lie and say that we're going to pick him unless CAR convinces us otherwise. It's not entirely implausible; he fits a mold.
I understand what you're saying, but "skilled forwards [are] at a premium" doesn't make a compelling argument to me about drafting one. High-end goalies (in terms of draft position at least) are a rarity in this draft as well, but no one would argue for that to be reason to draft Subban. Our organization's defensive pool has Brodin, a giant empty space, then Seeler and Cuma. Even if there was only a single quality forward in the draft, we might still be better off picking a defenseman. We could pick defensemen with every one of our picks and I wouldn't necessarily say we picked enough of them this year.
Depends on the forward. we still have room in our pool to either get a dynamic scorer or a big, fluid skating center. If we have a chance to fill one of those holes in our pool it would be foolish to take a dman. LIke others have pointed out, we have a better chance of getting a stud dman in the second then a forward.
Now, i don't really see that happening so you'll probably get your wish. Given how close some of these dman are to each other i wouldn't mind trading down. (probably use the extra pick to trade back up in the second to the dismay of some posters here).
Eliteprospects on Määttä:
A defenceman with a good frame. Very good overall skills, though better defensively. A very patient player who positions himself well. Excellent hockey sense. Doesn't usually go for big hits, but likes to play the body enough to steal the puck. (Matias Strozyk)
Yet in the OHL playoffs Määttä finishes with a 19GP 6G 17A 23PTS stat line. If he keeps improving he should be a really good at both ends of the ice (much like Trouba is projected to be).