The Minnesota Wild’s Best Value Picks On Draft Day

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Mar 21, 2015; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) battle for the puck during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Cal Clutterbuck doesn’t light the world on fire with his scoring, and the Wild knew that would be the case despite the back-to-back 35-goal seasons he posted in 2005-06 and 2006-07 playing alongside John Tavares on the Oshawa Generals. But they knew he’d be an effective player, nonetheless, and drafted him in the third round at 72 overall in 2006.

Perennially near the top of the NHL hits leaderboard, Clutterbuck has made a career of keeping his opponents off-balance. He can also chip in offensively, with 84 goals in 507 career NHL games. Now with the Islanders, he’s back in the same lineup as Tavares, although he isn’t flanking him on the wing, and certainly not putting up 35-goal campaigns. Even though he’s out of Minnesota, he proved valuable as the main piece (along with a second-round pick) that brought in the talented Swiss winger, Nino Niederreiter.