ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild's young prospects are talked about often, the skill and excitement players such as Mikael Granlund and Charlie Coyle might soon bring to the NHL.
The most discussed of those prospects are the forwards Minnesota and its fans hope light the lamp in the NHL with more frequency than has been seen from the Wild in recent seasons. Recognizing the lack of skilled forwards in the organization, general manager Chuck Fletcher went about changing the direction of the team and dramatically altered the organization's depth in a period of little over a year.
But somewhat overshadowed was Fletcher's attempt to help the back end as well.
Despite being the 10th pick in the draft last season, Jonas Brodin has been gone about his development in semi-obscurity. Even on draft night, his moment in the spotlight was fleeting. Soon after the smooth-skating defenseman was picked by the Wild, Fletcher pulled off the biggest trade of the evening, acquiring forward Devin ...