The wait was long, but the Minnesota Wild finally made their first pick in the NHL Draft on Sunday, taking big defenseman Gustav Olofsson with the No. 46 overall pick.
Oloffson is listed at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds and was ranked No. 51 overall among North American skaters in the final draft rankings by the NHL's Central Scouting Combine. Olofsson, 18, is Swedish, but played last season with the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League.
A left-handed shooting defenseman, Olofsson had two goals and 21 assists with 59 penalty minutes in 63 games for Green Bay last season.
"Gustav is a big mobile defenseman that really jumped up our draft rankings." Minnesota assistant general manager Brent Flahr said after the second round. "He's an intelligent player with quality natural instincts for the game. We feel like his game will continue to improve as he gets stronger and gains experience."
The No. 46 pick was the first in the draft for the Wild, who traded their first-round ...