Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Cuma reassigned

Posted by: Michael Russo under Vikings draft, Wild player moves, Wild practice Updated: April 6, 2012 - 3:46 PM

With the Houston Aeros trying to halt a six-game slide (0-3-3), the Wild reassigned defenseman Tyler Cuma this morning to play tonight at home against the Chicago Wolves.

Nate Prosser has a 12:30 p.m. conference call with the NHL regarding his headbutt last night. Depending on the status of Clayton Stoner (coach Mike Yeo said last night again that he can't see Stoner playing in Saturday's finale vs. Phoenix). the Wild may need to recall two defensemen if Prosser is suspended. 

That could be Cuma and somebody else, or that could be two others. Nevertheless, I'd be surprised if one's not Chay Genoway to give him a little taste.

As for Prosser, if he's suspended, the big question is if Brendan Shanahan gives him a break because he's got no history and suspends him for only the finale or if it carries over to the regular season next year.

On Tuesday night at 7 on the NBC Sports Network will be the NHL Draft lottery. As of now, the Wild has a 4.7 percent of winning it and moving from No. 7 to 3.

Per NHL rules, the club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order. Thus, the only clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five teams with the lowest regular-season point totals, or the clubs that acquired an eligible club’s first-round draft pick. No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing.

Based on team finish, the percentage chance of being selected in the Draft Drawing is:

30th place team - 25.0%
29th place team - 18.8%
28th place team - 14.2%
27th place team - 10.7%
26th place team - 8.1%
25th place team - 6.2%
24th place team - 4.7%
23rd place team - 3.6%
22nd place team - 2.7%
21st place team - 2.1%
20th place team - 1.5%
19th place team - 1.1%
18th place team - 0.8%
17th place team - 0.5%

The 2012 NHL Draft will take place at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The first round will take place on Friday, June 22 commencing at 7 p.m. ET and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. ET Saturday, June 23.

The following is a summary of the impact on the order of selection since its introduction in 1995:

NHL DRAFT DRAWING HISTORY

Year Selected Effect On Draft Order Player Selected
1995 Los Angeles Moved from 7th to 3rd D Aki Berg
1996 Ottawa Retained 1st selection D Chris Phillips
1997 Boston Retained 1st selection C Joe Thornton
1998 Tampa Bay Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades C Vincent
Lecavalier (Russo note: Florida actually won the lottery but traded its first-round pick to San Jose earlier in the season for Viktor Kozlov).
1999 Chicago Moved from 8th to 4th RW Pavel Brendl *
2000 NY Islanders Moved from 5th to 1st G Rick DiPietro
2001 Atlanta Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Ilya Kovalchuk
2002 Florida Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Rick Nash **
2003 Florida Moved from 4th to 1st G Marc-Andre Fleury
***
2004 Washington Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Alex Ovechkin
2005 Pittsburgh n/a C Sidney Crosby
2006 St. Louis Retained 1st selection D Erik Johnson
2007 Chicago Moved from 5th to 1st RW Patrick Kane
2008 Tampa Bay Retained 1st selection C Steven Stamkos
2009 NY Islanders Retained 1st selection C John Tavares
2010 Edmonton Retained 1st selection LW Taylor Hall
2011 New Jersey Moved from 8th to 4th D Adam Larsson

* NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa
Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.

** Columbus obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected
LW Rick Nash first overall.

*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G
Marc-Andre Fleury first overall.
 

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