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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Wild trades 2 draft picks to select Wayzata's Mario Lucia

Posted by: Michael Russo under NHL draft, Wild trade news Updated: June 25, 2011 - 11:17 AM

Some feel-good news early in Day 2 of the NHL entry draft when the hometown Wild trades its third- and fourth-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for the second-to-last pick of the second round (No. 60).

With the selection, the Wild drafted Wayzata High School's Mario Lucia, the son of the U's Don Lucia.

“I was relieved and happy,” said Mario Lucia. “You could not have written a better story.”

Right before the trade, Wild owner Craig Leipold was trying to run back to team’s draft table before he got stopped by your truly.
 
He missed the pick but got back in time to shake Lucia’s hand.
 
“I knew he was high on our list. That’s why I was coming down,” a delighted Leipold said. “I knew these guys were itching to get a hold of Mario, and it happened. It’s good stuff.”

 

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