Is this the year the Minnesota Wild finally draft a UND-bound player?

Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during a Feb. 21 game at Madison Square Garden. Adam Hunger / USA TODAY Sports

VANCOUVER -- Perhaps, in Rogers Arena -- the place where Brock Boeser calls home -- the Minnesota Wild will finally draft a UND-bound player.

It has never happened before.

Through 19 drafts and 137 picks, the Wild have never called the name of a current or future UND player. They are one of just two NHL teams to have never taken a UND player. The other is the Vegas Golden Knights, who have only participated in the draft twice.

Perhaps none are more frustrating to Wild/UND fans as Boeser.

With the local Burnsville, Minn., product still on the board in 2015, the Wild -- endlessly in search of a scoring right-winger -- instead took Joel Eriksson Ek. Boeser went to the Vancouver Canucks three picks later.


Through the last two seasons, Boeser has scored 55 goals. The only Wild player with more during that timeframe is Eric Staal (64). Eriksson Ek has 13 goals.

Since the Wild started drafting in 2000, the only other NHL teams who haven't picked a UND player are the Calgary Flames (the last two were George Pelawa and Kevin Melrose in 1986 and 1984) and the Detroit Red Wings (the last was Rick Zombo in 1981).

The Wild will have eight picks in this draft -- one in each round and two in the sixth.

The Wild are one of just two NHL teams who haven't picked a goalie in the last three drafts. The other is Florida. That might make it more likely that Minnesota will pick at least one goalie this weekend. If so, UND has two possibilities -- sophomore-to-be Adam Scheel and 2020 recruit Cameron Rowe .

Although the Wild haven't drafted any UND players, they have signed a number of them in free agency. Brad Bombardir, Travis Roche, Curtis Murphy, Chay Genoway, Zach Parise and Chris Porter have all played for the Wild.

Parise is currently the team's alternate captain and is on a 13-year, $98 million deal.

The Wild have been plenty active in drafting area college players, especially recently. They've taken seven Minnesota Gophers all-time as well as three Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs since 2013 (Avery Peterson, Carson Soucy and Nick Swaney), a Wisconsin Badger in 2015 (Luke Kunin) and a St. Cloud State Husky last year (Sam Hentges).

Prior to moving to Dallas, the Minnesota North Stars regularly drafted UND players. In the last 15 years in Minnesota, the North Stars took six UND players in the draft.



First round: 7 p.m. Friday, NBC Sports Network.

Second-seventh rounds: 10 a.m. Saturday, NHL Network.

Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver.

Of note: The last time an NHL Draft was held in Vancouver, Jonathan Toews went No. 3 overall, becoming the program's highest-ever drafted player. Toews has gone on to captain the Chicago Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups.


No. 12 (first round)

No. 42 (second round)


No. 73 (third round)

No. 99 (fourth round, from N.Y. Rangers)

No. 149 (fifth round, from Washington)

No. 166 (sixth round)

No. 172 (sixth round, from Vegas)

No. 197 (seventh round)


2018 -- Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers


2017 -- Nashville Predators

2016 -- New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche

2015 -- Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks

2014 -- Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks

2013 -- Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers

2012 -- Los Angeles Kings

2011 -- Edmonton Oilers

2010 -- Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens


2009 -- New Jersey Devils

2008 -- Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres

2001 -- Pittsburgh Penguins

2000 -- Carolina Hurricanes

1986 -- Calgary Flames

1981 -- Detroit Red Wings

Never -- Minnesota Wild, Vegas Golden Knights

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at
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