Watched a bit of the Versus coverage of the first round. Here is the wild.com summary:
ROUND 1 – Tyler Cuma
The skinny: The Wild entered the draft at No. 24 overall, but moved up one spot to No. 23 in the first round to select the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Bowmanville, Ontario native.
ROUND 2- Marco Scandella
The skinny: Ranked No. 82 among North American skaters, Minnesota selected the Val d’Or defenseman with its No. 55 overall pick.
ROUND 4 – Sean Lorenz
The skinny: After skipping a round thanks to its acquisition of Marc-Andre Bereron from Anaheim, the Wild selected defenseman Sean Lorenz out of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program with its fourth round pick.
ROUND 5 – Eero Elo
The skinny: Tommy Thompson saw Elo in Finland and, though the left winger was unranked by Central Scouting, Minnesota took him with the No. 145 overall selection.
I’m hoping Cuma becomes another Burns and the other picks obviously focused on building up the future blue line. The Versus commentators were high on Cuma and thought he should have been picked earlier, so that’s a good sign.
Sad to see Jokinen go to Phoenix and I’m discouraged by the Rolston negotiations. The Wild still have a mountain of issues to deal with this summer – next date to watch being the July 1st UFA deadline. I just hope we have a clearer picture before Select-A-Seat and the associated personal financial decision that entails…Originally published by DK on June 22, 2008 at 1:48 pm