The Minnesota Wild selected seven players in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on Sunday, and also made a pair of deals as they look to reset their roster and add depth to an already loaded minor league system.
The team send defenseman Justin Falk to the Rangers for a sixth round pick and the rights to restricted free agent Benn Ferriero. Later, the sent veteran forward Cal Clutterbuck and a third round pick to the Islanders for wing Nino Niederreiter.
Niederreiter was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft and was ranked 6th in the American Hockey League with 28 goals in 2012-2013. He added 22 assists in 74 games with Bridgeport.
Without a first round pick to use, the Wild selected defenseman Gustav Olofsson in the second round with the 46th overall pick. Olofsson tallied 23 points (2-21) with 59 penalty minutes in 63 games with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. The Sweden native stands 6-foot-3 and will play at Colorado College in the fall.
"Gustav is a big mobile defenseman that really jumped up our draft rankings," said Wild Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr. "He's an intelligent player with quality natural instincts for the game. We feel like his game will continue to improve as he gets stronger and gains experience."
2013 Draft Selections:
Gustav Olofsson- D- 2nd Round
Kurtis Gabriel- RW- 3rd Round
Dylan Labbe- D- 4th Round
Carson Soucy- D- 5th Round
Avery Peterson- C- 6th Round
Nolan de Jong- D- 7th Round
Alexandre Belanger- G- 7th Round