ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild will have the chance to add to their impressive pool of prospects in June's NHL entry draft and they now know they will be doing so from the seventh position in the first round.
The Edmonton Oilers won Tuesday night's draft lottery and hold the top overall pick for the third straight season. Edmonton moved up from the No. 2 spot, meaning Minnesota stayed right where it finished the regular season.
The Wild won four of their last six games of the 2011-12 campaign, finishing 35-36-11 for 81 points, the seventh-fewest points in the league.
Minnesota's No. 7 pick is its highest spot since taking Benoit Pouliot No. 4 overall in the 2005 draft. Pouliot is known as one of the biggest misses of the Wild's previous management team, never living up to being selected fourth, ahead of all-star players such as Carey Price, Devon Setoguchi, Anze Kopitar and Marc Staal.
With the late surge last season, and by not winning the lottery, itlikel...