Often deemed too small by NHL scouts and executives, undersized players frequently have a harder time breaking into the National Hockey League. Many are overlooked and go undrafted since they do not fit the traditional mold of a professional hockey player. However, smaller players have found their way into the NHL and made history.
In the short history of the Minnesota Wild, defense has almost always been the team’s strong suit. Most recently with the expansion draft, the Wild were willing to part with a top-tier prospect in Alex Tuch to ensure that they could hold their strong defensive core together. Tuch has succeeded in Vegas to this point,
For several years, the Wild were known for their depth at defense. Dating back to 2008, the Wild drafted a defenseman with their first pick five different years. This enabled them to put together a very promising and talented prospect pool of blueliners. The Wild took it a step further in the summer of 2013