This is by no means a comprehensive list of players drafted by the Minnesota Wild from 2002 to 2012, nor are the players ranked against one another.
It is simply a look at how the Wild have drafted over the past 10 years. In general, you will find that Minnesota has gotten progressively better at drafting as the years went on and there are some really bleak times in the mid-2000s where just about everyone they drafted was a dud.
Because the 2000 and 2001 drafts are not included, guys like Marian Gaborik, Mikko Koivu and Derek Boogaard are nowhere to be found…but we all kind of know how those guys turned out.
In addition to listing the top players drafted from 2002-12 (typically the first- and second-round guys), I have provided their career stats, where they are now (or highest level reached) and players the team could have drafted instead with that pick (and, yes, I realize hindsight is 20/20). I also provided a letter grade for each pick.