Originally written June 19, 2012 on State of Hockey News:
I'd like to start this one by saying you (the readers) inspire me.  As we approach the final few days before the 2012 NHL Entry Draft there is so much focused on the 1st round.  There are tons and tons of mock drafts released by all kinds of websites and publications, including the State of Hockey News.  Yet the focus is on the 1st round.  The 1st round is certainly important, statistically it is any team's best chance to acquire talent likely to succeed in the NHL.  Any team that is looked upon as a 'good drafting' team its often not as much about how well it does with its 1st round picks as it does with its selections in later rounds.  The Wild are (at least in theory if you think positively) are good example of this.  A few seasons ago, its prospect pool was almost devoid of talent.  The Wild's future looked pretty grim and with very little homegrown help on the horizon.  Then came the draft of 2009, where the Wild selected Mikael Granlund, but arguably just a...
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