2012 NHL Draft Lottery: Minnesota Picks At 7th

It's official - the Minnesota Wild will have the 7th pick at the 2012 NHL Draft.

2011 Wild First Round Pick Jonas Brodin
Minnesota's slim 4.7% chance of winning the NHL Draft Lottery came and went Tuesday as General Manager Chuck Fletcher, assistant GM Brent Flahr and company now focus on the June 22-23 draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Edmonton won the lottery with the second-best odds and for the third straight year has the number one pick  and chance to draft Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov.

The Wild stay at #7 as the odds (85.4%) had them. The team also had a 9.9% chance of moving down. They'll have the 7th pick in each of the seven rounds besides the 2nd, where the 37th pick was traded to San Jose (and subsequently to Tampa Bay) along with Brent Burns.

Minnesota, however, does have Washington's 2012 second round pick after trading disgruntled defenseman Marek Zidlicky to New Jersey. Where the pick lies depends on how far the Capitals advance in the NHL playoffs.

Be sure to stick around First Round Bust as our draft coverage ramps up, featuring profiles of those who may or may not be available with the 7th pick, in-depth analysis and much, much more.

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