That concludes the 3rd rendition of who the Minnesota Wild should sign during the offseason. The
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draft just concluded and the Wild took three left wingers, two centers, two goalies, and one defenseman throughout the draft. Curiously, all of the skaters are left-hand shots. Paul Fenton’s reasoning? Take the best player available. Another storyline going into the draft was speculation that Zucker would be moved, but day one and day two passed without any Minnesota Wild players being traded. When asked about the Jason Zucker situation, Paul Fenton said:
"“He’s a part of our team, I don’t plan on getting rid of Jason unless the right thing (comes) to me. That’s how it should be stated. I listen to offers and I make offers just like everybody else does, it doesn’t mean that he’s pigeon-holed into something. I love Jason as a player and he’ll be a great fit for us when he comes back."
So, perhaps the last article I wrote was a bit overly critical of Paul Fenton and perhaps a little over-dramatic. Michael Russo reported the best offer the Wild were approached with a high draft pick and a prospect or mid-range NHL Regular. Good No Call by the Wild.
Also, if you think Anders Lee, Ryan Dzingel, or Brett Connolly are poorly ranked, let me know. The last two parts of this series will get rolled out very soon with how close we are to the beginning of the free agent signing period. It will certainly be an entertaining time.