Wild open draft's second day with trade, take Louis Belpedio at No. 80
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With no selection in the second round, the Minnesota Wild opened the second day of the NHL Draft by swapping their third round pick (No. 79) to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the No. 80 overall pick and a 2015 seventh round selection.
Minnesota went on to use the 80th pick to select defenseman Louis Belpedio.
Belpedio, who is committed to Miami (Ohio) University, played last season in the USA's Under-18 program.
#mnwild takes Louis Belpedio from USA Under-18 program. Wild love themselves Swedes, Finns and Under-18s— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) June 28, 2014
Belpedio is a 5-10 defenseman from Skokie, Ill. 20 points in 53 games for the Under-18ers. Heading to Miami (Ohio) #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) June 28, 2014
What did Louie Belpedio know of the #MNWild? "Rivals with the Blackhawks. I'm a Chicago kid. Switched to the other side already though."
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) June 28, 2014
On the clock in the fourth round, the Wild picked up Finnish goalie Kaapo Kahkonen.
Kaapo Kahkonen on what he knows about Minnesota: "I heard it's like Finland. There are trees and mosquitoes and some lakes, too." #MNWild— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) June 28, 2014
At No. 139 in the fifth round, Minnesota selected defenseman Tanner Faith.
With their three sixth round picks, the Wild took defenseman Pontus Sjalin (No. 160), right wing Chase Lang (No. 167) and center Reid Duke (No. 169).
Minnesota wrapped up the draft by using its seventh round pick (No. 199) on Czech Republic center Pavel Jenys.