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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 1:09:23 PM   
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Selection Daemon Hunt. My YouTuber who has had us as winning the draft doesn't like this pick at all.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 1:21:04 PM   
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I'm seeing a lot of positive things about the kid. I will post a couple as I read them. He missed 3 months last year with what was described as a "freak injury". He got back just in time to have the season shut down.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 1:26:24 PM   
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I'm seeing a lot of positive things about the kid. I will post a couple as I read them. He missed 3 months last year with what was described as a "freak injury". He got back just in time to have the season shut down.

Consensus ranking we picked him about where he belonged. We must have liked him a lot to trade up for him only 5 picks away from our pick at 70.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 1:28:54 PM   
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The reports I read, made it sound like he was a lock for the second round until he was injured. The profiles thought a team could take a flyer on him in the late second round. The Wild must have gotten wind that someone else was going to take him if they moved from 70 to 65.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 1:31:52 PM   
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The injury was an opponent's skate slicing his forearm. He had to have surgery to repair the muscles in his forearm. He wound up missing 3 months of the season as a result.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 1:43:02 PM   
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Daemon Hunt was the 25th ranked North American prospect here.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectbrowse.htm?cat=1&sort=finalRank&year=2020
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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 1:45:16 PM   
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With the 65th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Minnesota Wild have selected defenseman Daemon Hunt from the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.

The 6-foot, 198-pound, 18-year-old from Brandon, Manitoba had 15 assists in just 28 games last season. Hunt unfortunately dealt with major injuries all throughout his draft year, causing some underperformance.


The left-handed blueliner was ranked 25th among all North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting and 90th by TSN and Craig Button.

Minnesota originally acquired the 70th-overall pick from the Nashville Predators in the Nick Bonino trade earlier today, but decided to move five spots up in the third round to pick Hunt at No. 65, moving the later pick and the 132nd-overall pick this year to do so.

The newest member of the Wild prospect pool is a defense-first type of blueliner. You shouldn’t expect an end-to-end rush coming anytime soon from Hunt, but he can effectively move his feet to break up plays and cause opposing attackers to stick to the outside

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 1:49:42 PM   
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Welcome aboard Hats4Bats.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 2:06:34 PM   
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Again, moving up in the draft. I likely.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 2:08:10 PM   
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Again, moving up in the draft. I likely.

Who knew?

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 2:09:39 PM   
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Again, moving up in the draft. I likely.

Who knew?

Just think of all of the 7th round picks Spielman could have piled up.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 3:02:50 PM   
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Marat Khusnutdinov Scouting Report: 2020 NHL Draft #42
By: Ben Kerr | May 10, 2020

Undersized centre Marat Khusnutdinov has been extremely impressive on the international stage, helping Russian teams to multiple tournament victories. Last summer he captained the Russians to the gold medal at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, scoring three points in five games. He was also part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2019 World Junior A Hockey Challenge, despite being a double underage player. Khusnutdinov won another gold medal at the 2018 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, scoring five points in six games. He took home a silver medal from the 2019 IIHF Under-18 World Championships, scoring three points in seven games as an underage player.

Khusnutdinov spent the season with SKA St. Petersburg’s MHL team. He scored 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points in 44 games. The playoffs were cancelled due to COVID-19. In 2017-18, Khusnutdinov played for Vityaz Podolsk. In the regular season, he played with the Under-17 team, scoring eight goals and 18 points in 11 games. He moved up to the Under-18 late in the season, putting up three points in his only regular-season game. He went on to score four goals and 10 points in seven playoff games.

Marat Khusnutdinov Scouting Report
Centre — shoots Left
Born July 17th, 2002 — Moskva, Russia
Height 5’9” — Weight 165 lbs [176 cm/75 kg]

Skating
An explosive skater, this is the core of Khusnutdinov’s game. He has an outstanding first step and really good acceleration. His ability to change speeds puts defenders on the back foot as he is a real threat to get by them on the outside and cut to the net. Khusnutdinov’s excellent speed can also create breakaway opportunities. He is also extremely shifty, with excellent lateral movements thanks to great edgework and agility. This enhances his ability both with and without the puck. Khusnutdinov has a low centre of gravity and a strong lower body. His powerful stride allows him to fight through checks and get to the dirty areas of the ice. It also makes him surprisingly good in battles along the boards. He will still need to get stronger to play against men though.

Offensive Game
Khusnutdinov marries his skating ability with excellent hands. He can make plays while moving at top speed. He has the vision and the skill to set up teammates and create scoring chances off the rush. His ability to control the puck down low and make quick moves to shake defenders and create a passing lane is also valuable. He can slow down the play or speed it up, giving his teammates time to get open for a pass. Khusmutdinov reads the play well, and once there is the smallest opening, he can make the play. He can control the play along the boards on the power play, creating scoring chances.

He also has a strong arsenal of shots. Khusnutdinov can play the role of the sniper as well. He has an excellent wrist shot and a quick, deceptive release. His shot is both powerful and accurate. His snapshot features many of the same traits. Khusnutdinov is also effective with his one-timer. With his soft hands, he can make a move to his backhand and elevate the puck quickly over a sprawling goaltender. Khusnutdinov is not afraid to get physical on the forecheck or to battle for loose pucks in the corners. However, he will need to continue to add muscle to be effective in these areas in the pro game.

Defensive Game
Khusnutdinov brings his solid work ethic to the defensive end of the ice. He effectively supports the defence against the transition game by putting backpressure in the right areas. He also comes down low to support against the cycle game. However, there are times he has issues against bigger and stronger opposition. Khusnutdinov reads the play well and uses his active stick to cut down passing lanes, steal pucks off opponents and create turnovers. Once those turnovers are created, he is quick to transition them into offensive chances.

Projection and Comparison
The biggest question on Khusnutdinov is his lack of size. He has the offensive skills to be a top-six centre. He also has the defensive game to not only avoid being a liability but to actually help his team in his own end. However, how this will translate to smaller ice with bigger opponents remains a question. Khusnutdinov will likely spend another year or two in Russia before coming to North America. He can use that time to continue to add strength and muscle to his frame. Khusnutdinov’s game is reminiscent of Dylan Larkin, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on skill or ability.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 3:12:35 PM   
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Ryan O’Rourke – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Ryan O’Rourke
The Hockey Writers 2020 NHL Entry Draft Guide
2019-20 Team: Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (#21)
Date of Birth: May 16, 2002
Place of Birth: Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 181-pounds
Shoots: Left
Position: Defense
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible

Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 27th (Final Rankings, NA Skaters)
Future Considerations: 30th
Josh Bell’s Final 2020 Draft Rankings: 49th (May)
Larry Fisher’s Top-400 Rankings: 41st (May)

Solid, two-way defenders who wreak havoc on their opponents defensively while creating opportunities offensively. That’s the name of the game for defenders in today’s game and Ryan O’Rourke has done a good job at modeling his game to fit that description perfectly.

A 6-foot-2 skater who has the ability to make life miserable for the opposition, O’Rourke has all the makings of a good puck-moving defender who has the awareness to adjust and adapt as a play goes on. That isn’t something that can be said about a lot of young defensive talent at the age of 18 years old, but for O’Rourke, it’s almost second-nature.

There’s a fine-line that teams have to walk when evaluating young defenders because on the one hand, offensive upside and the ability to be a game-breaker is so important in a league that emphasizes speed and mobility. On the other hand, teams are also looking at well-rounded, defensively-capable players at all positions who can be responsible and effective in all three zones.

Few players fit both sides of that coin well and it’s hard to evaluate players at 18 years old to see if they can excel at one side while possessing the ability to develop the other side. For O’Rourke, the skill-set already reflects a very capable and effective three-zone player who knows how to play tough in his own zone.

At the same time, he has the offensive instincts necessary to be more than a pure defensive-defender at the next level; even if he’s unlikely to put up 60-points with regularity from the back-end. He scored eight goals and 22 points in 62 games as a rookie and would score seven goals and 37 points in 54 games this past season.

He may not possess an elite-shot or have the high-end speed that teams covet in top defenders in the draft, but he certainly has the ability to position himself correctly, adjust to a situation and play hard on the puck in true, old-school fashion.

More than anything, though, O’Rourke shows a natural-born leadership on and off the ice that teams absolutely love to see in young players. The drive that he has and the ability to lead by example for his teammates is impressive not just for someone his age, but in general too.

He was named the captain of Sault Ste. Marie at 17 years old, making him just the second player in the history of the franchise to be named a captain at that age, joining Craig Hartsburg who was named captain heading into the 1976-77 season; for general managers and scouting departments across the NHL, that means something.

In general, O’Rourke just feels like one of the safer picks that can come out of this draft class given his high-floor.

Ryan O’Rourke – NHL Draft Projection
O’Rourke is a player with first-round talent who could fall into the early stages of the second round. Though he doesn’t play a flashy game, his potential to be a legitimate top-four player in the NHL makes him a very good investment with early capital for teams looking to bolster their defense. A realistic range for him is likely somewhere in the 27 to 36 range, though he’ll probably end up going in the second round.

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“O’Rourke is a very mature defender, playing well above his age. He’s able to be used in all situations, shutting down opponents top lines or chipping in offence.” – Josh Bell, The Hockey Writers

“Great self awareness will allow him to adapt. At his worst, he’s a simple, hard-to-play-against, puck-moving defenceman of high character.” – Sam Cosentino, Sportsnet

“Whoever drafts O’Rourke is going to get a dependable defenseman who will have no trouble causing headaches for the opposition. But then if his team has the puck, there’s a good chance he’s involved in the scoring” – Mark Scheig, The Hockey Writers

“It’s pretty clear if you watch him play or meet him off the ice that he’s a born leader, that’s for sure. He knows how to play under stressful situations, how to respond under pressure, which I think is a huge characteristic of a leader.” – Sault Ste. Marie coach John Dean

Strengths
Defensive awareness
Leadership ability
Mobility
Smart passer

Under Construction – Improvements to Make
Offensive production
NHL Potential
For O’Rourke, the potential to be a very solid No. 2 defender on a team is within the realm of possibility if he can work on his offensive production. Even if he remains more of a defensive option with the ability to chip in offensively, though, he has the ability to fall into a second-pairing role of a good team.

Risk/Reward Analysis

Risk – 3/5, Reward 4/5

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 3:13:19 PM   
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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 3:17:13 PM   
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Daemon Hunt Scouting Report: 2020 NHL Draft #73
By: Ben Kerr | May 20, 2020

Drafted 15th overall in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, defenceman Daemon Hunt scored seven goals and 20 points as a WHL rookie. Hunt played for Team Canada Black at the 2018 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. In five tournament games, he scored two assists. He also made it onto Team Canada as an underage player at last year’s IIHF Under-18 World Championships putting up one assist in seven games. He also played in this summer’s Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, helping Team Canada to a silver medal.

Named an alternate captain for the Moose Jaw Warriors prior to the season, Hunt’s draft year did not go as he would have hoped. In early December, a freak accident in a game against the Edmonton Oil Kings saw Hunt get hit in the arm by a skate, leaving a deep laceration. He missed three months of action. When Hunt finally returned, he played just a handful of games before the season was cancelled. The lack of time on the ice this year has likely caused Hunt to fall down draft rankings. Overall he put up 15 assists in 28 games for the rebuilding Warriors, including four points in the five games after his return.

Daemon Hunt Scouting Report
Defense — shoots Left
Born May 15th, 2002 — Brandon, Manitoba
Height 6’0″ — Weight 194 lbs [183 cm/88 kg]

Skating
Hunt is a good skater, with strong edgework and agility and this helps him to play a two-way game. He is able to change directions easily and moves well laterally. Hunt also has smooth, tight pivots that allow him to transition quickly from offence to defence and vice-versa. His speed is very good in both directions. A strong first step and very good acceleration allow Hunt to reach that speed. This allows him to cover a lot of ice. He can join the rush, or pinch at the blue line and still get back defensively. Hunt is solid on his skates, with good balance. He can fight through checks and battle for loose pucks in the corners and clear the front of the net. Hunt can still add muscle to his frame and get even better.

Offensive Game
Hunt can carry the puck out of his zone and start the transition game. He is able to retrieve dump-ins and loose pucks and avoid forecheckers and get the puck up the ice. He is also able to carry the puck through the neutral zone. Hunt is a good passer who can create offence in transition with a good first pass or by quarterbacking the play at the blue line. He is willing to join the rush as a trailer as well. Hunt makes smart passes at the line. He can open up passing lanes with a quick move with his stick, or by taking advantage of his lateral movement.

Hunt may not have scored a goal this year, but he is dangerous from the point. He has a decent slap shot and one-timer. He gets it through traffic and keeps it low and on the net. Hunt walks the line in order to find shooting lanes. He also keeps his shot low, allowing his teammates to get deflections, to set up screens, and to pounce on rebounds. Hunt likes to use his wrist shot as well. He sneaks in from the point and lets it go from the top of the circles. It is accurate and has a quick release.

Defensive Game
He has a very good hockey IQ, reading the play and putting himself in the right position to cut down passing lanes and force shooters to bad positions on the outside. Hunt uses his strong backwards skating and good gap control to defend against attackers in one-on-one situations. He also makes good use of his stick in taking the puck away from opponents and cutting down passing lanes. Hunt is willing to engage physically, battling well along the boards and in front of the net. He also uses his body to contain opponents on the cycle. However, he doesn’t throw a lot of big hits or go out of his way looking for him. Instead, he stays disciplined and committed to his position.

Projection and Comparison
Hunt had some trouble early in the year as he went from a third pair defenceman and adjusted to taking big minutes on the Warriors blueline. However, he was adjusting well and playing better hockey through November when the injury took him out. He also played well on his return. The question mark is that he has a very small sample size as a top player on his team as the Warriors had Jett Woo and Josh Brook ahead of him in 2018-19. If he had played the whole season, it would be easier to judge his value, but his injury and the COVID-19 pandemic have conspired against it. Hunt is a bit of a wildcard but a potential steal in this draft. His game is reminiscent of Ryan Suter but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on skill and ability.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 3:21:08 PM   
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Wild don't pick again until the 6th round.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 3:27:03 PM   
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in the FA/unwanted goalie watch …

Murray off the table, traded to the Sens from the Pens
Dubnyk from the Wild to the Sharks, joining Martin
Still floating …
Fleury, Rask, King Lundquist, Holtby, Markstrom

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 3:31:37 PM   
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Which one of them has the most left?

Personally, I would prefer to role with Kappo and see what he can do.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 3:34:40 PM   
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in the FA/unwanted goalie watch …

Murray off the table, traded to the Sens from the Pens
Dubnyk from the Wild to the Sharks, joining Martin
Still floating …
Fleury, Rask, King Lundquist, Holtby, Markstrom


I would take Fleury if I had to choose. Rask has some personal stuff he can't seem to let go, and the King is slowing down.
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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 4:18:21 PM   
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Which one of them has the most left?
Personally, I would prefer to role with Kappo and see what he can do.



Keep Stalock then?

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 6:31:12 PM   
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Wild don't pick again until the 6th round.

They must have made another move selecting this guy in the 5th.

146. Minnesota Wild (from STL via CAR) – Pavel Novak, RW, Kelowna (WHL)

Pavel Novak – NHL Draft Projection
Although Novak was ranked as 85th amongst North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, I predict Novak to go much higher than what they give him credit for. Depending on what a team is looking for, Novak could go as high as the end of the second round. As a safe bet, I would predict that he goes somewhere in the third round. Novak has a ton of skill and will serve the team that selects him well.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 6:34:15 PM   
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A little more on Novak

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Pavel Novak – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

BY MATHIEU SHERIDAN APRIL 21ST, 2020


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Pavel Novak
2019-20 Team: Kelowna Rockets

Date of Birth: April 16, 2002

Place of Birth: Tabor, Czech Republic

5-foot-10 Wt: 170 pounds

Shoots: Right


Position: RW

NHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible

Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 85th (Amongst NA skaters)
Future Considerations: 96th
THW Larry Fisher’s April Rankings: 61st
Andrew Forbes Top 217 for March: 65th
Bell’s Top 124 February Rankings: 86th
Whenever Pavel Novak steps out onto the ice, his skill becomes evident to all who bear witness. Before coming over to play with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, Novak spent his youth hockey years playing for Motor Ceske Budejovice at various levels. Last season, he spent the year playing with their U-19 squad where he put up 29 goals and added 16 assists for 45 points in 31 games played.

Coming overseas this past season, Novak joined the Rockets and made an immediate impact. In 55 games played, he scored 25 goals and added 33 assists for 58 points. When he is out on the ice, Novak oozes with skill. Although he stands at 5-foot-10, he is not afraid to be physical. He goes into the corners and battles hard for the puck every time and does not get deterred by bigger opponents. He drives the net with the puck and is great at finding loose rebounds in and around the crease.

Related: THW’s 2020 Draft Guide

Novak also has incredible vision and playmaking abilities. With his great hands, he creates time and space for his teammates to get set up. He draws opponents in and makes them look silly.

One thing that I would like to see Novak work on is his consistency. Having followed him all season, there were some nights where he looked lost. Although adjusting to the smaller ice surface may have played a factor, I would like to see him push the pace of play every time he steps out on the ice. As with most prospects, Novak is still growing into his own. With the NHL being a bigger, faster league, Novak will have to add more weight as he continues to hone his game.


Pavel Novak #11 of the Kelowna Rockets (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
With an up and coming Rockets team, Novak will look to play a big role come next season. Becoming somewhat of a veteran on the team, Novak will be able to guide the younger players through the hardships of the WHL. Although the language adjustment was an issue for Novak this past season, he has welcomed the transition with open arms and will look to be a major part of the team’s plans now and in the future.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 6:35:32 PM   
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It appears we traded our 6th and 7th round picks to get back into the 5th because Novak was our last selection.

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 8:59:56 PM   
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in the FA/unwanted goalie watch …

Murray off the table, traded to the Sens from the Pens
Dubnyk from the Wild to the Sharks, joining Martin
Still floating …
Fleury, Rask, King Lundquist, Holtby, Markstrom


Hmmmm......Top 10 Overall goalies from EA sports on twitter....Discuss ( I know source is EA sports ???

Rask #3
Markstrom # 8
Holtby#9

https://twitter.com/EASPORTSNHL/status/1312784749845454853

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RE: 2020 Wild Post Mortem Offseason & Draft - 10/7/2020 11:06:37 PM   
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I don't usually post on the hockey thread, which is odd since I grew up playing and love the sport, but I'm happy to read all your comments in here and share all the ups and downs with this team that you do.

To put things in perspective, I was a North Star fan growing up, was destroyed when they moved, and couldn't ever really get into them again even though I continued to like all the players for a while after (of all places they relocated to, they went to freaking Dallas, are you kidding me!!!). My family moved to Colorado while growing up, where I still live to this day. I know the Avalanche are not popular on this forum to say the least, but they were instrumental for bringing back the passion I have for hockey, to once again identify with a local team. Once MN returned to the NHL with the Wild though it was clear I was going to be returning to my roots. While I still like the Avs, I'll be crying green tears when the Wild lift the cup, that's for sure.

I hope this rebuild goes well and keeps us competitive while the young-ins ramp up. Guerin has some shrewdness about him and seems to know what he wants, time will tell if it's successful. I do like that he's a former player and has some actual people skills, unlike Fenton... I love that we traded late picks for early picks in the draft BTW, quality over quantity. Speils could learn a thing or two about that type of strategy.

I'm very excited about Kaprizov and think we stole Fiala in the trade (man is he good). I think we're going to really like Rossi too, he's been a special player at every level he's been at, and his work ethic is off the charts. We're getting younger and faster, and may have some firepower to go with Fiala. We need a goaltender badly though. Until we get a stud back there we're not going to far in the playoffs. Maybe we can rejuv Fluery or Rask next year before our guy ascends.

On a side note, I'm super pissed at how the expansion rules changed, allowing VK to be contenders from day 1. I suppose Seattle will be the same way, and we'll have another loaded team to contend with in the very near future.
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