In 2004, the Wild selected Savage, MN native A.J. Thelen out of Michigan State University. He was not signed and is a free agent.
Before the Wild became a franchise, the Minnesota North Stars held the number 12 pick twice. The first time the North Stars had the pick they selected defenseman Jerry Byers in 1972. The other North Star pick was right wing Warren Babe in 1986.
Historically, though, number 12 picks in the NHL draft have had some very good selections, even if the Minnesota teams have not made the right choices.
Click here or go to examiner.com for a full breakdown of successful number 12 picks.