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06-22-2012, 12:45 AM
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Looking back through the years; Worst draft pick? Best draft pick?

When the organization was first announced; Risebrough had tampered expectations with his 5 year plan. That went out the window in 2003. But those early picks are easy to criticize as DR wanted to get some warm bodies into play, so he had to choose some overaged players.

Throwing out the 2000-2004 drafts because of this and DR's 5 year plans, it's easy to criticize the first three rounds as they were a combination of bad picks, bad value or bad development.

So, after the 3rd round, what do you think was the worst pick Minnesota made? The best?

The worst for me was Julian Walker - Overage Swiss player is never a good sign. This was only offset that it was a 6th round pick but wow.

The best was Niko Hovinen - He didn't sign but he had potential and still does. Behemoth of a goaltender, he is finally coming into his own. A smart pick but we couldn't get him under contract.

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06-22-2012, 12:47 AM
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This has Eero Elo written all over it.

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Best: Falk, and he has zero competition
Worst: kind of hard to say when hardly any of them turned out to be NHLers. They're mostly all bad.

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Best: Falk, and he has zero competition
Worst: kind of hard to say when hardly any of them turned out to be NHLers. They're mostly all bad.
I forgot about Falk but I still don't know if he's an NHLer or just a plugger on the defense.

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Not sure if I'm following the intent of the thread exactly, but I would say the best was Darcy Kuemper. While a number of players could outpace him eventually (coughseelergraovaccough) he's established as at least an AHL level goaltender. Selected in the 6th round, he went on to win several CHL awards before making it to Houston, and will be a solid challenger for Hackett and any other goalies in our system.

Really don't know who to say was the worst pick because I have a hard time seeing anything as a bad pick after the 3rd round.

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For easy reference, here's a list of all Wild draft picks.

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Worst pick in Wild history is Matt Kassian. You don't pick an enforcer who can't play in the 2nd round.

Best pick in Wild history would have to be Mikko Koivu. Take a look at the rest of the 2001 first round... Koivu was a homerun.

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James Sheppard in both categories.

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For easy reference, here's a list of all Wild draft picks.
Probably one of the most depressing things I've ever seen regarding this team. It's like an almost endless parade of useless bruised turds. My gods. You forget how truly, truly wretched this team has been at drafting. Then you see that. How embarrassing.

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2000 - #232 - Ľubomír Sekeráš
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Man, we selected Harding 38th overall? I don't want to knock Josh, but that's really high for what he's become so far.

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Man, we selected Harding 38th overall? I don't want to knock Josh, but that's really high for what he's become so far.
You mean a 1B goalie that might be our starter in the 2013/14 season?

I'm fine with spending a 2nd rounder for that.

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Man, we selected Harding 38th overall? I don't want to knock Josh, but that's really high for what he's become so far.
Even in hind sight that was a great pick!

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Worst/Best pick after the third round? Picky sh*ts aint'cha?

Finding a player after the third round is like finding a quarter in the street for me...rarely happens but when it does you're pleasantly surprised...

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Worst/Best pick after the third round? Picky sh*ts aint'cha?

Finding a player after the third round is like finding a quarter in the street for me...rarely happens but when it does you're pleasantly surprised...
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Worst/Best pick after the third round? Picky sh*ts aint'cha?

Finding a player after the third round is like finding a quarter in the street for me...rarely happens but when it does you're pleasantly surprised...
Agreed...that's why I'll stick to 1st rounders since 2000.

Best: Gaborik, and it ain't close.
Worst: Thelen, and it ain't close.

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Worst: Gillies. Because the Wild traded a 1st AND 2nd to move up and get him, who even at the time nobody thought would be better than a third liner MAX. He does nothing for the team for years and then they lose him for nothing on waivers.

Best: Kuemper and Haula look like great picks, but I'll have to go Clutterbuck, as he's been the most effective later pick we've ever had.

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OP games:

Best: Falk was the best non-1st-2nd-3rd round pick.

Worts: Eero Elo was the worst pick. Not because the kid didn't project well or sucked at hockey. He was a fine kid to waste a 5th on. However, the fact that DR's scouting department admitted they just guessed at that point was pretty freaky terrible. I think they didn't scout after 4 rounds that year.

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Best Pick: Burns. You get a #1 Dman out of a reach like that, and it's a good pick, even if it was luck.

Worst Pick: Thelen. Bust in every sense of the word.

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OP games:

Best: Falk was the best non-1st-2nd-3rd round pick.

Worts: Eero Elo was the worst pick. Not because the kid didn't project well or sucked at hockey. He was a fine kid to waste a 5th on. However, the fact that DR's scouting department admitted they just guessed at that point was pretty freaky terrible. I think they didn't scout after 4 rounds that year.

Real Draft Game:
Best Pick: Burns. You get a #1 Dman out of a reach like that, and it's a good pick, even if it was luck.

Worst Pick: Thelen. Bust in every sense of the word.
Thats not what I remember. I remember reading that they saw him on scouting video whilst scouting goaltender Harri Sateri. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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06-22-2012, 09:39 AM
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Best Pick (4-later): Falk, so far. I'd argue that Kuemper/Gustaffson/Haula could challenge that in a few years.

Worst Pick (4-later): A little bit harder, as you kind of expect late picks to bust, but I'd say Eero Elo if I had to name someone.

Best Pick: (1-3): Burns. It was hard to miss in 2003, but they ended up with a gem in Burns.

Worst Pick (1-3): Tie between Kyle Wanvig and Matt Kassian. I like Kassian, but he should've been picked around the 4th or 5th round, not the 2nd.

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I guess I haven't seen enough out of Falk to call him anything other than a fringe NHL'er.

The Koivu pick was pretty shrewd. A kid who had done nothing offensively his draft year and then became a #1 center five years later.

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I guess I haven't seen enough out of Falk to call him anything other than a fringe NHL'er.

The Koivu pick was pretty shrewd. A kid who had done nothing offensively his draft year and then became a #1 center five years later.
And yet, he can be considered the best after-3rd round pick in these drafts. That's how effing bad they were.

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Thats not what I remember. I remember reading that they saw him on scouting video whilst scouting goaltender Harri Sateri. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Something like that. Also remember the NHL taking 15 picks to "find" an E. Elo name placard.

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Thelen was not a bad pick. Just developed absolutely horrible by the regime.

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