Marco Scandella lone NHL player from Minnesota Wild's defense-heavy 2008 draft
The 2007-08 season had its positives for a franchise finally finding its legs, including a first divisional banner, but the subsequent crash and burn against the Avalanche in the playoffs is emblematic of the end of an era. The Minnesota Wild headed to Ottawa in June with its confidence shattered and certainly no closer to a coherent vision of how to build a winner. With picks jettisoned for ineffective role players, the team recklessly punted on what was to be the final draft of the Doug Risebrough era.
The Wild possessed only four picks in the 2008 draft. The third round pick was sent to Anaheim for Marc-Andre Bergeron, the sixth round pick went to the Islanders for Chris Simon, and the seventh round pick went to the Devils for Aaron Voros.… read more