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Continued: Wild deals prospects, draft picks for Sabres captain Pominville

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 4, 2013 - 12:28 PM

Larsson, one of three 2010 second-round picks and Sweden’s captain when it won the gold medal at last year’s world juniors, was considered a top prospect and a big loss. The first-round pick is obviously significant, too.

But the way the Wild justifies the price, the foundation of the franchise is in place for years with top-liners Parise and Mikko Koivu, No. 1 defenseman Ryan Suter, cornerstone forwards Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund and blue-chip defensemen Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba.

From there, the Wild is loaded with young talent, from developing defenseman Marco Scandella, to forwards Brett Bulmer, Zack Phillips, Tyler Graovac and Raphael Bussieres to college-level players Mario Lucia and Erik Haula to Adam Gilmour and John Draeger.

It still has two hotshot young goalies with Darcy Kuemper and Johan Gustafsson, who plans to come to North America next year.

In other words, Fletcher felt the Wild could afford the hefty price for Pominville.

“We have plenty of assets in the cupboard and plenty of talented, young players at every position,” Fletcher said. “At times you’ve got to dip into that pool of talent that you’ve accumulated and pay some assets to get, in this case, an All-Star NHL player.”

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