This is what Wild fans have to deal with year after year. Every year, the Wild's pick approaches, and we get all excited thinking "Hey, we got a shot at a decent player!" and the GM annonces some off the wall pick that leaves everyone going "Huh?" and then they tell us "We aren't drafting for need. We took the best available player!"
And I get that the Wild aren't going to get anything spectacular picking in their typical 15-25 slot. But at least if the team is trash, you get to look
I think the pick was unexpected, but not necessarily a "Terrible pick". I highly doubt he'd be around for the Wild's 3rd round pick. At #24 you are not going to get a 18 year old that will provide an impact right away. Nashville has had a ton of success drafting d-men no one really had on their radar. I'd say this pick is someone Fenton had his eye on with the Predators. He isn't NHL ready now like the other 99% of the picks, but it doesn't mean in a few years he won't be ready for the N
I probably would have needed to go look him up just as I did at 24, and when Hexy chose O'Brien for the 19th pick. I am happier with our 19th pick than I am with the Wild's pick. The Wild do have to start somewhere though and build up that prospect cupboard. The Flyers have been stockpiling their picks for the last 3-4 seasons they haven't won a playoff series in 6 years and they missed the playoffs two of the last 3 years.
I think the needs now on defense for the Wild can be im