As I noted yesterday, the Minnesota Wild are in need of a little bit of everything. They could benefit from scoring depth, defensive stalwarts and all-around players. It just so happens that there is a bit of everything available on the board at this time. So without further delay, lets get the Wild’s pick.
Selecting on behalf of the Wild is Nikkole, lead writer of Gone Puck Wild.
I am going to go with Sven Bartschi, (LW from Portland in the WHL)
Jared’s Analysis – The Wild go on the offensive with the Swiss born left winger who played this season in the rough and tumble Western Hockey League. The sniper scored 34 goals in the regular season and added 10 playoff tallies. He is no shrinking violet as his 74 PIMs would attest. Not huge by NHL standards (5’10”, 190 lbs), he is quick and crafty, will fit right in with Minnesota. He also has a lethal release, which is on display in this video:
Nikkole from Gone Puck Wild offers this slightly tongue-in-cheek assessment of her selection:
(Bartschi is) a good goal scorer. And then, The Wild so need yet another little dude! Between Granlund, Spurgeon & PMB, we need another little 5″10″ guy!
I encourage fans and followers of the Wild to check out Gone Puck Wild for the latest news on the club!
Here are the Mock Draft results so far (click on the team name to go to the post about that pick):
|4||NEW JERSEY||Jonathan Huberdeau|
|5||NY ISLANDERS||Sean Couturier|
|9||BOSTON (FR TOR)||Duncan Siemens|
HAVE YOUR SAY
Now on the clock for the #11 selection, on behalf of the Colorado Avalanche, is Mile High Sticking.
PREVIEWING THE AVALANCHE
2010-2011 Record: 30-44-8 (29th Overall, pick acquired from St. Louis Blues in the Chris Stewart-Erik Johnson trade)
Goals for: 18th
Goals Against: 30th
Power Play: 11th
Penalty Kill: 30th
TOP 5 Prospects in the system: Joey Hishon (C), Calvin Pickard (G), Stefan Elliott (D), Cameron Gaunce (D), Joel Chouinard (D)
NEEDS: The Avalanche addressed a big need earlier in the draft with the selection of Gabriel Landeskog. This time they will most likely address the needs on the blue line. Two very talented but very physically different defensemen are the most likely targets. Do they go for 6’1″, 175 lb Nate Beaulieu, or the hulking 6’7″, 245 lb Jamie Oleksiak? Or will they surprise me completely and go for the Swedish centre, despite it being a position of strength for the Avalanche? Only time will tell, and that time is tomorrow evening.
TOP 5 PLAYERS ON THE BOARD (per ISS):
1. Mika Zibanejad, C, Djurgarden (SWE ELITE)
2. Joel Armia, RW, Assat (FIN ELITE)
3. Nathan Beaulieu, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
4. Mark McNeill, C, Prince Albert (WHL)
5. Jamie Oleksiak, D, Northeastern (HOCKEY EAST)
Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE tomorrow evening to see who “Mile High Sticking” chooses to take for the Colorado Avalanche, as the Fansided mock draft continues!