Minnesota Wild 2009 Draft Preview: History Of The Number 12 Pick

Joseph GuntherContributor IJune 13, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - JUNE 26:  A.J. Thelen of the Minnesota Wild poses for a portrait during the 2004 NHL Draft on June 26, 2004 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

This is not the first time a Minnesota team has held the number 12 pick in the NHL draft.

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.