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We'll jump right into it today:
Result: Huge Win. Huge.
Round 2: Kyle Wanvig - As we will see as we go through this, the second round was hit or miss during the Dark Ages. Wanvig became a journeyman AHLer, not something you look for from a second round pick. He had 12 points in 51 games for the Wild in 2005-06, along with 64 PIMs. Again, not exactly what you want to use your second round pick on.
The best part of this pick? He Who Shall No Longer be Mentioned traded the fifth round pick to move up from 79 to 74 to make it.
Result: Ahem, BUST.
Result: This is a hard one. I'll say Neutral. He played well, but his role was not what it should have been. He eventually left for no return.
Round Four: Tony Virta (RW) - Eight games with the Wild in 2001-02, then a season and a half with the Aeros before going back to Finland to play, where he remains today.
Round Five: No Pick. Traded away.
Round Six: No Pick. Unsure why.
Round Eight: Jake Riddle (LW) - Never made it out of the ECHL for extended time. Currently in the CHL.
(Note that tat rounds after the eighth were eventually eliminated)
Summary: Hard to fault a draft that brought Mikko Koivu to town, but this draft was a sign. Trading picks left and right, giving up picks to move up five spots in the third round, and willingness to draft players that did not fit the system. With a stud like Koivu being chosen, this draft should be an easy A. I'll give it a solid C. Too many mistakes weighing down the selection of Koivu.
(Author's note: If anyone can figure out why the Wild did not have a sixth round pick, you earn extra credit.)
H/T to History of NHL Trades Awesome site. Great info, in easy to find format.