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Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/11/2024 10:10:04 AM   
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Time to move to the next phase. Who do they keep, who do they trade, who do they draft?

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/11/2024 10:11:52 AM   
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I'll start of the thread talking about the PWHL.

Now that details are finally leaking out, it looks like Natalie Darwitz got royally screwed by the PWHL.

The main culprit is not even Ken Klee, even though he was a major factor. The person behind it all is team captain, Kendall Coyne Schofield. It turns out Coyne Schofield is a major power broker in the PWHL. She is a close personal friend of Billie Jean King, who she approached about starting the league. In short, there would be no PWHL without Coyne Schofield.

There are now leaked texts messages that indicate Klee, Coyne Schofield and a few veteran KCS lackies orchestrated the of undermining Darwitz from the beginning. Coyne Schofield then petitioned the league to remove Darwitz. Starting with getting players to disregard the training and conditioning program from the team trainer that Darwitz hired all the way to holding draft meetings behind Natalie's back. KCS knew Darwitz would be fired before anyone else did.

It's obvious that Kendall Coyne Schofield calls the shots in the Minnesota organization. She even started calling out the lines during games.

Russo has been very critical of the PWHL handling of the situation. He is of the opinion that the operation of the league as a whole is a clusterfuck.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/11/2024 2:51:26 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: TJSweens

I'll start of the thread talking about the PWHL.

Now that details are finally leaking out, it looks like Natalie Darwitz got royally screwed by the PWHL.

The main culprit is not even Ken Klee, even though he was a major factor. The person behind it all is team captain, Kendall Coyne Schofield. It turns out Coyne Schofield is a major power broker in the PWHL. She is a close personal friend of Billie Jean King, who she approached about starting the league. In short, there would be no PWHL without Coyne Schofield.

There are now leaked texts messages that indicate Klee, Coyne Schofield and a few veteran KCS lackies orchestrated the of undermining Darwitz from the beginning. Coyne Schofield then petitioned the league to remove Darwitz. Starting with getting players to disregard the training and conditioning program from the team trainer that Darwitz hired all the way to holding draft meetings behind Natalie's back. KCS knew Darwitz would be fired before anyone else did.

It's obvious that Kendall Coyne Schofield calls the shots in the Minnesota organization. She even started calling out the lines during games.

Russo has been very critical of the PWHL handling of the situation. He is of the opinion that the operation of the league as a whole is a clusterfuck.

The MN team got me on the bandwagon and booted me off just as quick. Not likely to ever get back on the way things look at this point. Too bad for the ladies.....
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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/11/2024 5:52:52 PM   
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Sounds like season tickets were canceled over the fiasco.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/22/2024 10:01:29 AM   
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Wild trade Adam Beckman to Devils for Minnesota native Graeme Clarke
A blip on the radar swapping minor leaguer's that need a restart in another organization.....
Not much more the Wild can do when all of the NHL spots are already locked up with NMC contracts. Maybe next off season....
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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/22/2024 5:03:43 PM   
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Wild trade Adam Beckman to Devils for Minnesota native Graeme Clarke
A blip on the radar swapping minor leaguer's that need a restart in another organization.....
Not much more the Wild can do when all of the NHL spots are already locked up with NMC contracts. Maybe next off season....

And both restricted free agents. Beckman was a big time scorer until the Wild got ahold of him. He'll probably break out in his new organization.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/22/2024 8:40:04 PM   
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Wild trade Adam Beckman to Devils for Minnesota native Graeme Clarke
A blip on the radar swapping minor leaguer's that need a restart in another organization.....
Not much more the Wild can do when all of the NHL spots are already locked up with NMC contracts. Maybe next off season....

And both restricted free agents. Beckman was a big time scorer until the Wild got ahold of him. He'll probably break out in his new organization.

Scorers don't start out in a top six role for the Wild.....they log 4th line minutes and earn their ice Billy G style.
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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/24/2024 8:10:23 AM   
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Kind of sad. The draft is this week and nobody really cares. It's like the Wild has brought us to an attitude of...we'll get interested when you actually do something exciting.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/24/2024 3:42:55 PM   
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Rumor is Guerin may go for Tarasenko and a former Bruin in FA.

https://www.minnesotasportsfan.com/minnesota-wild-rumors-vladimir-tarasenko-david-perron/

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/24/2024 6:21:09 PM   
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Add in still planning to trade Rossi and the plan seems to be to get older and slower. I haven't been this fired up since Derek Falvey said the Twins off-season objective was to reduce payroll.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/26/2024 12:25:27 PM   
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Add in still planning to trade Rossi and the plan seems to be to get older and slower. I haven't been this fired up since Derek Falvey said the Twins off-season objective was to reduce payroll.


If you want something back...you trade Spurgeon.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/26/2024 2:14:41 PM   
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Add in still planning to trade Rossi and the plan seems to be to get older and slower. I haven't been this fired up since Derek Falvey said the Twins off-season objective was to reduce payroll.


If you want something back...you trade Spurgeon.

I doubt Spurgeon would bring much in return. Big contract and body is breaking down.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/26/2024 3:18:45 PM   
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Face it guys, we are stuck with the roster we already have. Any new bodies will be just that.....
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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/28/2024 8:29:53 AM   
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As expected, Bedard beat Faber for ROY. Personally, I think Faber was was more deserving. He was second in rookie scoring and tied with Bedard for first in assists. He did this as a defenseman. Bedard was also a mind numbing -44 for the year.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/28/2024 9:07:30 AM   
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Complete sham. It was over the moment Bedard got drafted. Completely predetermined.
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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/28/2024 7:43:20 PM   
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12. Minnesota Wild (from Philadelphia Flyers) -- Zeev Buium, D, Denver (NCAA)

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 4 (North American skaters)
The Wild traded a third-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft to the Philadelphia Flyers to move up one spot to take Buium. The National Collegiate Hockey Conference Rookie of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year led NCAA defensemen and was fifth among all freshmen with 50 points (11 goals, 39 assists) in 42 games for the NCAA champion. Buium (6-0, 186) also was named to the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. The 18-year-old was the second-youngest player in men's college hockey after Boston University center Macklin Celebrini. Buium also had five points (three goals, two assists) and a tournament-best plus-11 rating in seven games to help the United States win the gold medal at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/28/2024 8:29:43 PM   
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12. Minnesota Wild: Zeev Buium, LD, University of Denver (NCAA)

B/R Rank: 6

Analysis

The Minnesota Wild traded up one spot, sending the 13th pick and a 2025 third-rounder to the Flyers for No. 12. With that, Zeev Buium is finally off the board, many picks lower than he should've been.

His poise and agility are phenomenal—the defenseman will be useful for the Wild anywhere on the ice. You don't see offensive numbers like Buium's from a freshman often, and if you wonder whether they will translate, just look to Norris Trophy winner Quinn Hughes.

Pick Grade: A

Scouting Report

What do Cale Makar, Hughes and Roman Josi all have in common? Elite edgework.

This is not a promise that Buium will turn into a superstar, but the point is that he has a foundational trait that will set him up for success in the offensive end.

Buium is a brilliant skater. The straight-line speed is good, but he wows with his agility. Buium casually sidesteps pressure. He can walk the blue line in the offensive zone. He slaloms through forecheckers in the neutral zone. He can escape pressure when retrieving pucks in the defensive end.

The proof is in the numbers. On a Denver team that won the national championship, Buium ranked second in points.

And while Buium has some work to do in the defensive end, the same knocks against him about his lack of size and absent physical game were sloppily applied to Hughes at the same age.

Here's the deal: No, Buium will never be the coach's top choice for the penalty kill nor push a 6'4" center out of the crease. What separates him is his skating and brain; that should be enough to defend at the NHL level. He can gap up tightly to puck carriers, defend against transitions by closing space, and ensure the puck stays out of the defensive end by escaping the forecheck with either his feet or a quick pass.

He already proved this as a 17-year-old against the top players in college hockey. He'll do it again at the pro levels.

It won't be a surprise if he settles in on an NHL second pairing, but Buium's ceiling is much higher, and he could be a top offensive defenseman.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/28/2024 8:35:14 PM   
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I like this pick a lot. From what I saw of him in the tourney last spring he is a very good skater with lots of offensive skill for a defenseman. Pair him with Faber and we have a dynamic top pair in a few years.
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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/28/2024 9:02:02 PM   
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12. Minnesota Wild (from Philadelphia Flyers): Zeev Buium, D, Denver (NCAA)
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The Wild move up one spot, trading the No. 13 pick and a 2025 third-round pick to the Flyers for the No. 12 pick — and Minnesota ends up what may be the steal of the draft, taking Zeev Buium. The fact that the Denver defensemen fell out of the top 10 is absurd, and all it cost Minnesota was a third-round pick to move up. He handles the puck with ease, he works a blue line better than most his age, and he is dangerous in 1-on-1 attacks. Buium's skating is a big part of why he's successful. Having Buium and Brock Faber on the blue line for the foreseeable future in Minnesota is excellent work.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/28/2024 9:04:24 PM   
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I like this pick a lot. From what I saw of him in the tourney last spring he is a very good skater with lots of offensive skill for a defenseman. Pair him with Faber and we have a dynamic top pair in a few years.

The alleged experts love the pick and think he shouldn't have been on the board at #12.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/28/2024 9:37:17 PM   
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I like this pick a lot. From what I saw of him in the tourney last spring he is a very good skater with lots of offensive skill for a defenseman. Pair him with Faber and we have a dynamic top pair in a few years.

The alleged experts love the pick and think he shouldn't have been on the board at #12.

Every pre-draft article I saw had him rated in the top 10 and many in the top 5.
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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/29/2024 7:35:11 AM   
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12. Minnesota Wild
Zeev Buium, D
Team: Denver (NCHC) | Rank: 6
DOB: 12/07/05 | Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 183 | Shot: L
2023-24 stats: GP: 42 | G: 11 | A: 39 | P: 50

Scouting notes: One of the best defensemen in college hockey this season, Buium is confidently projected as a top-four defenseman in the NHL. He consistently stands out by joining the rush, defending well in transition and excelling in man-to-man defense in his own zone. He's an elite two-way defenseman at the college level and is likely the most efficient puck mover in this draft class. He shows elite hockey sense and seems to be two to three plays ahead, allowing him to make plays that other players can't.

Defensively, he maintains a tight gap, adapts to changes in pace and uses excellent edgework to avoid getting beaten in tight situations. His puck skills, combined with various head and shoulder fakes, enable him to create space and passing lanes. If there is a better one-on-one defenseman in this draft, I've yet to see him.

Buium elevates his play as games intensify and was one of Team USA's best players at the World Juniors as an underage player, in addition to being a crucial part of the NCAA champion Denver blue line. With all the qualities of a play-driving, momentum-shifting defenseman, Buium could be ready for the NHL by the end of the 2024-25 college season. -- Doerrie

Team fit: GM Bill Guerin got aggressive here to select Zeev Buium, and rightfully so. Buium has a high hockey IQ and can be someone that can run an NHL power play, leading all NCAA defenseman in points last season (50). Denver depended on him big time in winning the national title this season -- he played 31 minutes against Boston University in the semifinal and more than 29 minutes against Boston College for the title.

He's an impact player and the highest defenseman the Wild have taken since Matt Dumba at seventh overall in 2012. -- Wyshynski

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/29/2024 8:06:43 AM   
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From Russo at the Athletic.

Steal of the first round? Wild trade up, snag NCAA champ Zeev Buium at 12
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 28: Zeev Buium is selected by the Minnesota Wild with the 12th overall pick during the first round of the 2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Sphere on June 28, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS — This is how much the Minnesota Wild loved University of Denver freshman defenseman Zeev Buium, who fell into their lap in the first round of Friday night’s draft.

For the past few weeks, ever since it got out that University of Michigan standout Rutger McGroarty didn’t want to sign with the Winnipeg Jets, who drafted him at No. 14 two years ago, the Wild dangled the No. 13 pick in front of their division rival’s face as potential trade bait to snag him.

But that trade would have to be dependent on what names were on the board for each team when it got to 13.

As the first round got outside the top 10, activity picked up at the Jets’ table, despite the fact they didn’t own a first-round pick. Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff began whispering into the ears of the execs to his left and right, flipping through his draft binder. His right-hand man pulled out his laptop and put a privacy filter on the top. Cheveldayoff twice walked to the other side of the table, got down on one knee and huddled with three scouts.

He twice picked up his phone, once before No. 11 and once before No. 12, to call another table.

Both calls ended quickly.

There was probably only one player left on the board who could have kept Minnesota from pulling the trigger with the Jets, and that was Buium, a dynamic 18-year-old blueliner in an organization that’s starved for offensive-minded, puck-moving defensemen who can quarterback a power play.

In fact, earlier this week, Wild president of hockey operations and GM Bill Guerin said on KFAN that the Wild were going to take Buium if he somehow was there for them.

Well, the Wild didn’t take any chance that another team would leapfrog them. Director of amateur scouting Judd Brackett made the call to use the Wild’s 2025 third-round pick to move up a one spot to No. 12 in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers so they could select Buium, the top-rated American-born prospect by NHL Central Scouting.

“I think the Wild got an absolute steal at 12,” said Pioneers coach David Carle. “I think five years from now you’ll see that proves out even more in all the re-drafts that everybody likes to do.”

The Athletic’s draft experts, Corey Pronman and Scott Wheeler, agreed. Pronman gave the pick an A+ grade and Wheeler called it “one of the best picks of the night.”


Buium, who plans to attend development camp in Minnesota next month, called the Wild selecting him “the best feeling in the world.”

“Seeing them trade up, I had a pretty good feeling that it could be me,” he said. “I couldn’t be more honored for them to make that decision to get me.”

Pronman called Buium “one of the best draft-eligible defensemen I’ve ever seen” at the college level and a player with “game-breaking potential” who “looks like a potential star No. 1 defenseman in the NHL who will put up big numbers.”

“At 13, we knew a lot of the draft would be dictated to us,” Brackett said. “You sit there anxiously watching players that we have interest in come off the board, trying to anticipate if it’s time to move back or hold tight. We were there with bated breath a bit. But when he was there and there was a chance, even if it’s one spot, to secure the player that we truly covet, we had to do it. It wasn’t much of a decision.”

Buium recorded the first 50-point season by a Denver freshman in 40 years, leading the team with 39 assists and adding 11 goals as the second-youngest player in college hockey in 2023-24. His 50 points ranked second on the Pioneers and marked just the sixth time a defenseman reached the 50-point threshold in the program’s 75-year history and the third such instance by a freshman rear guard.


Buium called Carle the best coach he’s ever had, and what a year the two had together.

With Carle as his coach, Buium scored the winning goal in the championship game to bring a gold medal to the United States in the World Junior Championship.

At Xcel Energy Center, an arena he has never lost in, Buium won a pair of championships in the spring: first, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff, in which he scored an overtime winner against St. Cloud State; and then the NCAA Frozen Four, in which he was the best player on the ice in both games, including against No. 1 pick Macklin Celebrini and Boston University.


“To win two championships in that building already feels really good,” said Buium, a San Diego native who spent two years playing in Faribault at Shattuck-St. Mary’s and once spent an entire summer on Lake Minnetonka.

In the NCAA championship, it was Buium’s beautiful assist of now-fellow Wild prospect Rieger Lorenz’s goal that extended the Pioneers’ lead to 2-0.

“He cares about winning as much as any player I’ve ever coached, and he’ll do whatever it takes to win,” said Carle, who will again coach Buium at Denver as a sophomore and in the 2025 World Junior Championship. “Look at what he did at the world juniors. He didn’t play a lot of power-play time. But he led our team in plus-minus, did what he was asked, helped our team win a gold medal, scores the game-winning goal in the game, and he’s excellent all tournament long. And then he takes on a bigger role with us at Denver and helps lead us to a title.

“He’s a winner of a person, and that helps him become a winner on the ice, and I couldn’t be happier for him.”

Buium also won an Under-18 World Championship in 2023, was a first-team All-American and made the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. He was also recognized as the NCHC Rookie of the Year, the NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year, was a finalist for the Tim Taylor Award as the national rookie of the year and a Hobey Baker nominee.

He tied for the team lead with his brother, Shai, and ranked fourth in the NCAA with a plus-33 — the highest rating for a Pioneer since the statistic first began being tracked in 2005-06. He tied for second on DU in power-play scoring with 14 points and ranked third on the squad with 41 blocked shots.


“A lot of people with his skill set would come in and just be like, ‘Yeah, I’m comfortable just putting up points and doing that,’” Carle said. “But Zeev wanted to work on his defense. He wanted to work on his gaps and closing plays and killing plays in the corner and being a better defender. And I think that’s his mindset. That’s what makes him so special. Zeev’s a competitive kid. He’ll work on his deficiencies, but that’ll continue to accentuate his strengths.

“That’s what we saw this year. We saw a player who wanted to work on that side of the game, and it only made his offensive game all the better because when you defend well, you don’t have to defend very long, and that’s something that Zeev has really been able to grasp on to.”

Guerin had a busy day Friday as he met with defenseman Brock Faber’s agents to begin initial contract talks toward a potential lucrative extension this offseason. He indicated that he’s been involved in trade talks, as well. The Wild have shown interest in Columbus Blue Jackets winger Patrik Laine if half of his $8.7 million cap hit is retained for the next two years.

The draft resumes Saturday morning (10:30 a.m. CT) with Rounds 2 through 7. The Wild currently own picks at 45, 110, 140, 142 and 174, but Guerin was clearly already content after landing Buium on Friday.

Guerin doesn’t think Buium is far from turning pro. They’ll see how his sophomore year at Denver goes, but Guerin said his staff thinks Buium will “play for a long time in the NHL and have a big impact on our team. There’s a lot to like about him. His skill, puck-moving ability, hockey sense, character. He’s got a winning pedigree.”

Buium comes from a tight family whose parents, Sorin and Miriam, immigrated to southern California from Israel before Zeev was born. His mom played professional basketball in Israel. They had 80 family members and friends at the draft, including a handful who came in from Israel.

Funny enough, Carle said Buium unofficially committed to DU when he was 14 or 15 years old by tagging along on older brother Shai’s official visit.

“I mean, Zeev might have been 5-1 at the time,” Carle said, smiling. “You could tell his eyes were big and he was loving everything, had a smile on his face, just like he does today. I mean, he loves coming to the rink. There’s always a smile on his face. And when we offered Shai, Shai played it cool and was like, ‘Give me a day or two, I want to think about it.’

“Zeev looked at him and was like, ‘What are you waiting on?’” For us to then be able to go through the official recruiting process with Zeev was really special, and you couldn’t script a better year for them and for the brothers to win a championship together.”


Carle said family is everything to Buium.

“It teaches him a level of selflessness and that you’re a part of something bigger than yourself,” Carle said.

Said Buium, “It just felt so special. To hug my mom. To hug my dad. They made so many sacrifices for my brothers and I. To hug them was so special. Then to hug my two brothers who’ve mentored me this entire time feels even better. It’s a moment that I can’t fully explain. It was awesome.”
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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/30/2024 7:23:02 AM   
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The Wild came out of the draft with 4 picks rated in the top 100. That's pretty good, since they didn't have a 3rd round pick.

The descrption Ryder Ritchie, second round, sounds a lot like Kevin Fiala. Really fast, great hands, great head and shoulder fakes, can stick handle through traffic, selfish player. His dad is former NHL player, Byron Ritchie. Going into the season he projected as a first round pick after being named WHL rookie of the year, but a quad hemorrhage knocked him out for 10 weeks this year.

Aron Kiviharju, D was also a projected first round pick after captain ing a couple of Finland's junior national teams. He only played 7 games this year due to a dislocated knee. Then he got his throat cut by a skate in his first game back. He's supposed to be a real savvy puck mover a slick passer. Also a bit undersized (5'11", 185 lbs), but that seems to be how the Wild like their defensemen.

As a footnote, the Wild got Aron Kiviharju after trading 110 and Vinnie Leteri to Boston for 122 and Jakub Lauko.

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RE: Wild 2024 Offseason and Draft - 6/30/2024 10:21:31 AM   
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With the rookie of the year (I don’t care what the voters did) and this draft we should be set up nicely for years. Eat it again this year and spend on scoring going into next year.

I’ve questioned BG’s moves in the past but I’m starting to see what he’s doing.
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