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Wild starts Day 2 of NHL draft by adding Vladislav Firstov

VANCOUVER — The Wild continued to add to its prospect pool Saturday at the NHL draft inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, selecting left winger Vladislav Firstov with the 42nd pick in the second round.

Firstov was ranked 23rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The Russian spent last season with Waterloo of the United States Hockey League, scoring 26 goals and finishing with 58 points in 62 games. The 6-foot, 181-pound 18-year-old was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team and is committed to the University of Connecticut.

Later in the second round, the Wild traded its third and fourth-round picks (73 and 99) to the Hurricanes to receive No.59. With that, the team took Hunter Jones — a 6-4 goalie who played with Peterborough in the Ontario Hockey League last season.

But the Wild reacquired a third-rounder when it traded a 2020 third-round pick to the Predators for No.75. The Wild used that selection to take left winger Adam Beckman.

Last season, Beckman scored 32 goals and racked up 62 points in 68 games with Spokane of the Western Hockey League.

Minnesotans Bobby Brink (34th to the Flyers) and Jackson LaCombe (39th to the Ducks) were also selected in the second round.

At No.149, the Wild drafted center Matvey Guskov in the fifth round. He had 12 goals and 30 points in 59 games with London of the OHL last season.

In the sixth round, the Wild added defenseman Marshall Warren (166) and forward Nikita Nesterenko (172).

And at 197, the Wild took goalie Filip Lindberg. 

Wild offseason about to pick up after NHL awards

The Wild has been mostly quiet since its season ended in April.

Aside from some minor maneuvering (front-office shuffling and a few signings), it’s been a ho-hum summer so far.

But the offseason is set to pick up this weekend with the draft Friday and Saturday in Vancouver. The Wild currently has eight picks, including No.12. Check out the Star Tribune tomorrow for a preview of what to expect from the team in the first round.

Also, don’t forget to catch up with Bobby Brink in this story. Brink, from Minnetonka, will mostly likely be the first Minnesotan to be drafted this year, probably in the first round. Here’s the list of all Minnesotans ranked by NHL Central Scouting.

Before turning its attention to next season, the NHL put a bow on 2018-19 Wednesday by handing out its annual awards in Las Vegas.

Wild winger Jason Zucker was on hand, receiving the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his leadership and humanitarian work. The recognition coincides with uncertainty for Zucker, as he remains a trade candidate for the Wild and could be moved this weekend at the draft. Zucker spoke about coping with the rumors in this story, which also highlights his King Clancy win.

There were few surprises with the other winners.

Tampa Bay was well-represented after dominating during the regular season. (Awards are based on regular-season performance, not the playoffs).

The New York Islanders were also in the spotlight. Barry Trotz nabbed the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year, Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss were recognized with the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltending duo that gave up the fewest goals in the regular season and Lehner also captured the Bill Masteron Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Lehner had his best season in 2018-19 after opening up about his addiction and mental health issues. His acceptance speech was brilliant and worth watching. Check it out here.

Ballots for all awards were released on the Professional Hockey Writers Association website. Below is how I voted. Winners are bolded.

  • Hart Trophy ("to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team")

Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

  • Norris Trophy ("to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position") 

Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
John Carlson, Washington Capitals
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Calder Trophy ("to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition") 

Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues
Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks
Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars
Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabres
Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators

  • Lady Byng Trophy ("to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability") 

Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota Wild
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

  • Selke Trophy ("to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game") 

Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Mark Stone, Vegas Golden Knights
Mikael Backlund, Calgary Flames
Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes

  • NHL All-Star Team

Center – Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Right wing – Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks. Mitchell Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs.

Left wing – Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals. Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins.

Defense – Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning. John Carlson, Washington Capitals. Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators.

Goaltender – Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning. Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights. Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • NHL All-Rookie Team

Forward – Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks. Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators. Andreas Johnsson, Toronto Maple Leafs. (Anthony Cirelli, Tampa Bay Lightning.)

Defense – Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars. Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabres.

Goal – Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues.

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