2009 Minnesota Wild Draft Preview: Left and Right Wings

Joseph GuntherContributor IJune 23, 2009

OSHAWA, ON - JANUARY 14:  Scott Glennie #15 of Team Orr skates with the puck 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 has some good wings. The severity of the need to select a left or right wing hinders on Marian Gaborik. The team’s first ever draft pick and most prolific goal scorer in team history is set to become a free agent July 1.

Andrew Brunette, Antti Miettinen, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, and Owen Nolan are expected to fill four of the six wing spots on the three scoring lines. Also, in the mix are Cal Clutterbuck, Dan Fritsche, and Craig Weller. The Wild have prospects Robert Earl and Matt Kassian in the minor leagues that may be ready to play in the NHL. Other prospects Cody Almond, Eero Elo, Carson McMillan, and Julian Walker need more time in the minor leagues or juniors.

Gillies should join Bouchard, Brunette, Miettinen, and Nolan on the top three lines. Gaborik or a free agent should fill the final spot in the top six. Clutterbuck and Fritsche should be the checking-line wings.

Elo and McMillan have the best chance at making the Wild's squad in the future, but neither is projected to be a first- or second-line winger.

The Wild should select a forward with the No. 12 pick. The Wild are thin at the wing position in organizational depth. We can guess who will be available and who the Wild will take, but we will not know who it selects until Friday.

For more information on the left and right wing prospects click here.