Minnesota Wild has key depth prospects developing in NCAA and Europe
Minnesota's college hockey tradition has always been a strong part of its identity as a state, so it is no wonder that the Wild organization relies on the NCAA to bring some of its prospects along. Another major source of identity is Europe, where the Wild has looked to Switzerland, Finland, and Sweden many times in the past. Developmental strategies vary by coaching staffs, but the Minnesota Wild look to get players into situations that will best enhance their individual styles, giving each young man the opportunities he needs for personal and professional development.
I personally am still rooting for Draeger to become a 2nd pairing guy for us in the future:
John Draeger came in as a true freshman and had a solid season for an uncharacteristically weak Michigan State squad. He did finish a negative player, and put up only ten points in 42 games, scoring a single goal. Draeger nonetheless acquitted himself very well on the ice, playing in all situations and up to thirty minutes a game at times. He is not a huge physical force at this stage of his development and prefers the steady conservative style which will limit his scoring numbers. Draeger should improve on the score sheet next season, but it is his overall ability to impact the game in the defensive zone that is Drager's real strength. He is on an encouraging development track at this point.