Wild selects Jonas Brodin with 10th pick; Brent Burns dealt to Sharks
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ST. PAUL -- Perhaps Minnesotans are just too polite to audibly groan when the newest member of the Wild was announced. But despite the excitement of having the NHL draft held in the state for the first time since 1989, there weren't many screams of joy when the 10th pick was read by general manager Chuck Fletcher.
Jonas Brodin smiled and said all the right things in his "still getting the hang of it" style of English. And he's likely to be a very good defensive defenseman in the NHL someday. That's the reputation he earned last season as a 17-year-old in the Swedish Elite League. But for a Minnesota team starved for offensive contributors, the four assists, and no goals, that Brodin produced last season had nobody in Minnesota dreaming of that loud goal horn inside the Xcel Energy Center blaring very often.
However, the huge number of Wild fans among the 12,000 in attendance Friday night roared a few minutes later when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the biggest trade of the night. The Wild sent defenseman Brent Burns and a second round draft pick next season to San Jose in exchange for forward Devin Setoguchi, center Charlie Coyle and the Sharks' first round draft pick this season - 28th overall.
Burns played in 80 games last season, his seventh with Minnesota, but was plagued by defensive miscues late in the season, as the Wild abruptly dropped out of the playoff race in March.
Setoguchi, in his fourth season with the Sharks, had 22 goals last season and another seven in the playoffs as San Jose advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
As was widely predicted, the Edmonton Oilers used the first overall pick on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from the Red Deer (Alberta) Rebels. That was not the biggest cheer of the night. The majority of the noise was produced by a few hundred fans of the new franchise in Winnipeg, who erupted just before their team's pick was made, when team owners officially announced that "Jets" will once again be the team's name.
Minnesota fans cheered loudly later, when the New York Rangers honored former Wild player Derek Boogaard, who passed away last month, by having brother Aaron Boogaard announce the Rangers' draft pick.
Brodin, who was making his first trip to Minnesota and just his third trip to North America, had been shown around the rink one day earlier, and said he was happy to be coming to a community with so many Swedes.
"They showed me around the locker room and I liked it very much. It's a really good organization," said Brodin. "I'm a mobile two-way defender with good skating and good in both zones."
It is expected that Brodin will play at minimum one more season in Sweden.