C / 27th overall
If Paul Fenton didn’t know what he was getting into when he landed his dream job, the Minnesota Wild’s rookie GM learned this winter when the Wild were the only team without a participant in the World Junior Championship. The Wild may have six straight playoff appearance, but they have the oldest team in the NHL and are now paying the price for years of trading draft picks to get to the next competitive level. “Yeah, we’ve got some work to do for prospects,” Fenton said. “There’s no question. I want to build our prospect pool. That’s the name of the game here, build your prospect pool.”
1. Kirill Kaprizov (8th overall)
LW, 21, 5-9, 185 – CSKA Moscow (KHL)
2015 draft, 135th overall
The dynamic scorer won’t leave Russia until at least 2020-21, but ...
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