Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 6/30/13
The Minnesota Wild said they would be active on Sunday at the NHL Draft and are following through on their plans. Looking to make changes to its team while hovering near the decreasing salary cap, Minnesota traded winger Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick in today's draft to the New York Islanders for young prospect Nino Niederreiter. Niederreiter, drafted No. 5 overall in the 2010 draft, is a talented winger, who had 28 goals and 22 assists while playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League last year. Niederreiter, 20, was rushed to the NHL, playing nine games for New York in 2010 before being returned to his junior team to retain his eligibility. A big (6-foot-2, 208 pounds) forward, Niederreiter had a goal and assist in his nine games in 2010 before finishing the season with the Portland Winter Hawks in the Western Hockey League in juniors. Niederreiter played 55 games for the Islanders in 2011-12, scoring one goal and finishing with a minus-29. He spent the entire 2012-13 season with Bridgeport Sound. Niederreiter has one more season on his two-way, entry-level contract in which he is due 2.975 million this season. Minnesota also retains his rights in future years as a restricted free agent in 2014. Niederreiter is the highest-drafted Swiss player in NHL history. He led Switzerland with five goals and had three assists during the 2013 World Championships where Switzerland won a silver medal, the first World Championships medal for the country in 60 years. Clutterbuck, 25, was a restricted free agent for the Wild, who had talked about using Clutterbuck as a potential trade chip to alter the roster that is close to the salary cap, which is decreasing this season. Minnesota didn't have much salary-cap space to address needs in free agency, so general manager Chuck Fletcher said trades might be needed to make upgrade the roster. The fan-favorite Clutterbuck had 62 goals and 48 assists in 346 games for the Wild. Minnesota also sent Justin Falk, another restricted free agent, to the New York Rangers earlier Sunday in exchange for forward Benn Ferriero and a 2014 sixth-round pick. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter
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