The Minnesota Wild’s Best Value Picks On Draft Day

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Dec 29, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry (17) faces off against Minnesota Wild forward Tyler Graovac (53) during the third period at MTS Centre. The Wild won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

With only three games at the NHL level on his resume, Tyler Graovac could prove to be highway robbery at 191st overall (seventh round) in 2011. A lanky kid at the time, Graovac has really developed on the ice and filled in his six-foot-five frame.

Graovac didn’t pile up many points until his last year in junior, thanks in part to injuries, and didn’t even know whether he’d be drafted. So he elected to attend his high school prom on draft day, where, lo and behold, the Wild took the Ottawa 67’s center. The Brampton native was a top player for the AHL’s Iowa Wild this season, and might have made the Minnesota lineup in a diminished role, but spent the season in Iowa to play bigger minutes – he logged first-line minutes and led the team with 21 goals and 46 points.