2012 NHL Draft: Day 2 Selections - Raphael Bussieres, John Draeger Lead 6 Wild Picks

After picking defenseman Mathew Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels on Day 1 (Friday June 22), the Minnesota Wild have six more selections to bolster their prospect pool when the 2012 NHL Draft resumes Saturday morning for rounds 2 through 7.

Minnesota has all of its picks besides the second round where their own draft choice (#37) was traded to San Jose as part of the Brent Burns trade and subsequently ended up in Nashville via San Jose. In its place the Wild picked up the 46th overall selection in the Marek Zidlicky trade from New Jersey that originally belonged to Washington.
Minnesota Wild 2012 NHL Draft Selections 
Round 1:#7 overall: Mathew Dumba, D Red Deer (WHL)
Round 2 #46 overall: Raphael Bussieres, LW Baie Comeau (QMJHL)
Round 3 #68 overall: John Draeger, D Shattucks-St. Mary's (MN-HS)
Round 4 #98 overall: Adam Gilmour, RW Nobles (HS-MA)
Round 5 #128 overall: Daniel Gunnarsson, D Lulea (SEL)
Round 6 #158 overall: Christoph Bertschy, C Bern (Swiss)
Round 7 #188 overall: Louie Nanne, LW Edina (MN-HS)
We'll update this post with the players and any movement selected as they occur. Feel free to leave thoughts on them and the Draft as a whole in the comments.

The 2012 NHL Draft begins live at 9 a.m. from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA and will be broadcast in the United States on NHL Network.


  1. I'm trying to be open-minded and fair, and I really respect both Nate and Dan's analysis and opinions . . . so I'd really appreciate it if one of you could present a case defending the seventh-round pick, and justifying it as something other than a craven, embarrassing waste of a draft pick for public relations reasons.

    1. Because, while he's a hardworking player and by all accounts a good kid, it's very, very hard to envision him playing in the NHL. If his entire career up to now had played out the exact same way, but his name was Larry Nelson instead and he wasn't from a famous family, I find it hard to believe he would have been drafted. And drafting someone based on his name, even if it's only a seventh-round pick and not likely to yield an NHLer no matter what, doesn't seem like the kind of thing a smart organization would do.

  2. Was Anton Slepyshev eligible for the draft? He was not picked while some pegged him to be a late first rounder. I know it seems like the Wild don't even have a Russian scout, but I would've liked to see them take him late in the draft considering he is kind of a risk with the whole Russian Factor.

    1. Slepyshev was eligible this year. I thought he was drafted until reading this and double-checking but my guess would be that playing in the KHL as an 18 year-old and being the top pick in their entry draft scared teams away. Still surprising no one decided to take a late flyer on Slepyshev.

    2. It surprised me too. A late round pick is a long shot to make the NHL let alone be an impact player, so taking a flyer on one who has the skill but may not come to the NHL is better than one who may not have the skill.

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