HF: Would you say you signed more of the players from that draft class than normal?
DW: Absolutely, 100 percent. We needed players. Thinking back, I mean, I donít think we signed anybody that didnít deserve to get signed. We were under the gun to get guys signed though. If you donít sign any young players, and play the safe way, you might save a few dollars but youíre never going to (succeed). Youíre only going to hit on a few guys. If you donít sign guys, youíre never going to know what theyíre going to develop into. People think Ďoh but you signed 10 guys and only got one or two out of thereí, but thatís the way the system works. If you only sign three or four, you might not get any! So, yeah, we probably signed more that year though for sure to make sure we covered our bases.
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HF: Do you ever go back and do a formal evaluation of each draft year, or how youíve done over time?
DW: We do, but Iíve always said itís a five-year period though, so weíre just at that first draft. You can evaluate the top picks within a couple years, but the whole draft, you look now and youíve got guys like Derek MacKenzie, and Blatny, Sellars, those guys, are they going to be NHL players? Some might, and some might not. I wonít name who I think those guys are. But I donít think you can do that in the first few years after a draft.
TSK, the Wild never should have drafted Brust with a 3rd rounder - he was rated much lower than where the Wild picked him. He did nothing, with the exception of the last playoff run, as an overager, to ever justify the pick. Let it go.... Between him and Nycholat, never have so many tears been shed for so little.
I wouldn't consider Brust or Nycholat so little since they are two spots were we have a weakness now. A puck-moving defenseman and a backup goaltender.
But a backup goaltender for where, the IceGators? I can't recall, but isn't Holmqvist under contract next year, and Kettles will back him up again? If so, then they don't really need a backup in the system immediately. But I do think it's a good draft for them to take a chance on a goalie after the first round.
Holmqvist has a one way deal next season and I'm unsure about the status of Kettles. I would guess that one of Kettles or Cloutier will be let go this season. Unless the Wild let Harding go back for his overage year which seems unlikely to me.