Rand: Comparing 10 years of Wild, Wolves drafts

  • Updated: June 23, 2013 - 10:31 PM

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We are less than a week away from both the NBA and NHL drafts, meaning the time is ripe for a look back over the past 10 years at how the Timberwolves and Wild have fared. We’ll focus on the first round in each case, since that’s where comparisons are most apt:

 

Year Wolves Wild

2003 Ndudi Ebi (26) Brent Burns (20)

Ebi, taken out of high school, lives in local draft infamy while Burns was a solid contributor before being traded in 2011. Winner: Wild.

 

2004 No pick A.J. Thelen

The Wolves were being punished for the secret Joe Smith deal; Thelen, a defenseman, struggled at lower levels and never played for the Wild. Winner: None.

 

2005 Rashad McCants (14) Benoit Pouliot (4)

McCants fizzled quickly, but he did average 14.9 ppg and shot 40.7 percent from three-point range in 2007-08. Pouliot struggled with the Wild but has had productive seasons elsewhere. Winner: Tie.

 

2006 Randy Foye (7) James Sheppard (9)

The Wolves drafted sixth and swapped Brandon Roy for Foye, the No. 7 pick. Roy had the better career, but Foye was at least productive here. Sheppard scored just 11 goals in most of three seasons with the Wild. Winner: Wolves.

 

2007 Corey Brewer (7) Colton Gillies (16)

Brewer was decent with the Wolves and has carved out a nice niche in Denver. Gillies has six career NHL goals. Winner: Wolves.

 

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