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Wild's Day 2 draft picks; Wild select Louis Nanne with final pick

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: June 23, 2012 - 1:04 PM

Matt Dumba, the Wild's first-round pick last night at seventh overall, wrote a blog for NHL.com.Here it is, and it includes the video (and highlights) from when he drafted. It leads right into the Commish announcing the Jordan Staal trade.

The Wild has chosen six more prospects today, including future Gopher Louis Nanne, the grandson of former North Stars GM Lou Nanne and son of Wild scout Marty Nanne. "It's phenomenal," said Lou Nanne, who was golfing when he heard the news. Marty Nanne was at the table and said he was in a conversation with scout Brian Hunter when he heard his son's name.

He was shocked and admits, he's worried what people think and why he was taken, but he says his son is a character kid and will overcome that pressure. He's heading to Penticton, B.C., to play junior next year.

By the way, the Wild took kids with a lot of projections today and three college kids. That means the Wild owns their rights for four, maybe five years (depending on if they play junior), which gives them more time to develop and more time for the Wild to sign them. With so many prospects now, the Wild will always be counting contracts to the max 50 they're allowed.

That's one big reason why the Wild will not tender Nick Johnson a qualifying offer. They're closing in on 30 forward contracts, Chuck Fletcher said.

In the second round, the Wild took Raphael Bussieres from Baie Comeau of the QMJHL. He scored 44 points in 56 games last season. Check him out here He's an offensive left wing, a big one who can make plays and has a great shot.

The first person he met at the Wild table? Dumba, whom he fought at the prospects game in Kelowna in January.

"A little awkward," said Bussieres, laughing.

The fight happened after Dumba stepped into Radek Faksa as he crossed the blue line. Bussieres and Dumba both agree the right was a tie, but as you can see, Dumba got him with one hard right off the bat and then Bussieres holds his own.

In the third round, the Wild took defensive defenseman John Draeger, who his heading to Michigan State. He was born in Edina, moved to Faribault in the third grade and played at Shattuck-St. Mary's.

He called being drafted by the Wild a dream.

Last year, remember, the Wild selected Mario Lucia (Wayzata) in the second round and Nick Seeler (Eden Prairie) in the fifth round.

In the fourth round, the Wild took Adam Gilmour, a big center who attended Nobles High School in Massachusetts. He's heading to Boston College.

In the fifth round, the Wild took 6-4 defenseman Daniel Gunnarsson, who plays with Johan Gustafsson with Lulea.

In the sixth round, the Wild took 5-10 center Christoph Bertschy from Bern of the Swiss League.


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