Draft deep in defensemen good news for Wild

The Wild pick seventh in tonight's NHL entry draft. The Pioneer Press reports a deep group of blueliners may dominate the first 10 picks, and Minnesota could wind up choosing the fourth or fifth best defenseman.
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The Wild pick seventh in tonight's NHL entry draft. The Pioneer Press reports a deep group of blueliners may dominate the first 10 picks, and Minnesota could wind up choosing the fourth or fifth best defenseman.

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