2009 Minnesota Wild Draft Preview; Goaltenders

Joseph GuntherContributor IJune 20, 2009

OSHAWA, ON - JANUARY 14:  Olivier Roy #31 of Team Orr keeps his eye on the play in the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game against Team Cherry on Wednesday January 14, 2009 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. Team Orr defeated Team Cherry 6-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Wild does not need immediate goaltending help with Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding. The depth in the organization, however, is very thin. The lone prospect in the professional ranks is Anton Khudobin.

The Wild have just two goaltenders currently under contract, Backstrom and Khudobin, and one still in juniors in Europe, Niko Hovinen. Harding is a restricted free agent and should to be back for one more season. I think Harding will return for at least one more season because his value for a big contract or trade is not as high as it will be in the future.

The Wild will select at least one goaltender in the draft. The Wild does not have the organizational depth to pass on a goaltender in the later rounds. The uncertain status of Harding makes the necessity for a goaltender even greater.

The lack of goaltending prospects in the draft means that the Wild could get one of the top goaltenders in the fourth or fifth round.

For more information on the prospects click here.