Wild Have Busy Sunday With NHL Draft, Two Trades
The NHL draft took place on Sunday but although the Wild didn’t have a first rounder, they did add some promising players.
Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher expressed a desire to trade back into the first round, but Fletcher couldn’t pull off such deal and had to wait until the second round, with the 46th overall pick, he took defenseman Gustav Olofsson from Sweden. The Wild went on to use four of their seven picks on defensemen and another on a goalie.
Olofsson, who is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, played for Green Bay of the United States Hockey League. He was selected to the USHL’s All-Rookie team and played in the USHL-NHL top prospects game. He is expected to play at Colorado College next season.
In the third round, the Wild selected right winger Kurtis Gabriel (6-3, 206 pounds) with the 81st pick overall. Gabriel has been playing for Owen Sound of the OHL.
The wild also pulled off a pair of deals on Sunday:
After dealing defenseman Justin Falk to the New York Rangers in the morning, Fletcher sent winger Cal Clutterbuck to the New York Islanders in exchange for right winger Nino Neiderreiter. The Islanders also received one of the Wild’s two third-round picks in Sunday’s draft. That was the 70th selection overall.
Neiderreiter, the fifth-overall selection in the 2010 draft by the Islanders, had one goal and no assists in 55 games with New York in 2011-12. He finished with a plus-minus rating of minus-29.
Neiderreiter, 20, spent all of last season with Bridgeport in the American Hockey League and had 28 goals and 50 points in 74 games.