Check out the Wild’s eight picks in the NHL Draft
After nabbing Swedish winger Liam Ohgren and Russian winger Danila Yurov on Day 1, the Wild were back on the clock for Day 2
MONTREAL — Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has long preached the importance of building for the future. And the organization took steps in the right direction at the 2022 NHL Draft.
After drafting Swedish winger Liam Ohgren and Russian winger Danila Yurov on Day 1 on Thursday night— a couple of players that Wild director of amateur scouting Judd Brackett was over the moon about — there was more work to be done on Day 2 on Friday.
In the end, the Wild replenished some depth up front, finishing with a haul of six forwards and two defensemen.
“I think we needed it,” Guerin said. “If we look at our prospects, we have a lot of defensemen. It just so happened that we got some forwards this year. And I think that’s really good. We were really happy and excited to have these young men in the mix.”
While certain prospects like Ohgren and Yurov could be ready sooner rather than later, it’s unclear when any members of this draft class will be ready to compete at the NHL level.
“The most important thing for us right now is, as much as we need that help, we’re not going to rush them,” Guerin said. “You know, when they’re ready, they’re ready. If it takes a little extra time, we’ll find other means.”
Here’s a look at the prospects the Wild picked in this week’s NHL Draft:
Liam Ohgren (Round 1, Pick 19)
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Size: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds
2021-22 stats: He had 33 goals and 25 assists in 30 games with Djurgarden’s junior team in Sweden.
Analysis: “Liam Ohgren is a two-way, hard, skilled winger with speed power, and a heavy shot.” — Brackett
Danila Yurov (Round 1, Pick 24)
Hometown: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Size: 6-1, 180 pounds
2021-22 stats: He recorded 12 goals and 23 assists in 23 games with Magnitogorsk’s junior team in Russia.
Analysis: “Danila Yurov is a power forward that skates well and has a terrific shot.” — Brackett
Hunter Haight (Round 2, Pick 47)
Hometown: Strathroy, Ontario
Size: 5-10, 175 pounds
2021-22 stats: He had 22 goals and 19 assists in 63 games with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.
Analysis: “Hunter Haight is a high-tempo, right-shot, two-way center that can score, and has a great hockey IQ.” — Brackett
Rieger Lorenz (Round 2, Pick 56)
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Size: 6-2, 195 pounds
2021-22 stats: He recorded 38 goals and 47 assists in 60 games with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Analysis: “Rieger Lorenz is a 6-foot-2 offensive winger with a heavy shot and quickness out of the corners.” — Brackett
Michael Milne (Round 3, Pick 89)
Hometown: Abbotsford, British Columbia
Size: 5-10, 185 pounds
2021-22 stats: He recorded 38 goals and 43 assists in 68 games with the Winnipeg Ice of the Western Hockey League.
Analysis: “Michael Milne is a 19-year-old, two-way forward that can play center and wing.” — Brackett
Ryan Healey (Round 4, Pick 121)
Size: 6 feet, 170 pounds
2021-22 stats: He recorded 3 goals and 18 assists in 59 games with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League
Analysis: “Ryan Healey is an elite skater and puck mover, who can quarterback the power play.” — Brackett
David Spacek (Round 5, Pick 153)
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Size: 6 feet, 175 pounds
2021-22 stats: He recorded 12 goals and 38 assists in 59 games with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Analysis: “David Spacek is a thick body, two-way defenseman, that can generate offense from the back end.” — Brackett
Servac Petrovsky (Round 6, Pick 185)
Hometown: Presov, Slovakia
Size: 5-10, 180 pounds
2021-22 stats: He recorded 28 goals and 26 assists in 65 games with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League.
Analysis: “Servac Petrovsky is a smart, two-way center with good hands and a strong motor.” — Brackett
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