ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Since taking over the Minnesota Wild in May 2009, general manager Chuck Fletcher hasn't been shy in his approach to building a roster that ended a four-year postseason drought last season.
Fletcher, trying to assure Minnesota made the playoffs last season after the monumental offseason signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, was willing to part with a first-round draft pick in this weekend's NHL Draft to acquire winger Jason Pominville.
The price was high for Pominville, a proven NHL scorer and all-around player. Fletcher surrendered top prospects, forward Johan Larsson and goaltender Matt Hackett and what ended up as the No. 16 pick in Sunday's draft for Pominville, who had four goals and five assists in 10 regular-season games for the Wild before a concussion knocked him out of the lineup.
Minnesota enters the draft without a first-round pick for the first time in the team's history. But Fletcher and the Wild aren't done being aggressive.