ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild selected six players on day two of the NHL Entry Draft at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.: LW Raphael Bussieres (2nd round, 46th overall), D John Draeger (3rd round, 68 overall), C Adam Gilmour (4th round, 98th overall); D Daniel Gunnarsson (5th round, 128th overall), C Christoph Bertschy (6th round, 158th overall), and LW Louis Nanne (7th round, #188 overall).
Bussieres, 18 (11/5/93), posted 44 points (21-23=44) and 60 penalty minutes (PIM) in 56 games for Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2011-12, while adding eight points (5-3=8) in 5 playoff games. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound native of Longueuil, Quebec, had 39 points (17-22=39) for Baie-Comeau in 2010-11.
“Raphael plays a real rugged game,” Wild Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr said. “He has skills that fit well with what we’re trying to do here. He plays a power game with an edge. He gets under the opponents skin and can back it up. Those guys are hard to find.”
Draeger, 18 (12/2/93), played for Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn., in 2011-12, recording 41 points (11-30=41) in 57 games. The Edina, Minn., native, had 11 points (3-8=11) in 54 games for Shattuck in 2010-11. He is 6-foot-2, 186 pounds and will attend Michigan State.
“John is a defensive defenseman with good size,” Flahr said. “His game got stronger throughout the year. He’ll go to a good Michigan State program and play important minutes as a freshman.”
Gilmour, 18 (1/29/84), tallied 56 points (26-30=56) in 26 games for Nobles High School in Massachusetts in 2011-12. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound centerman was born in Albany, N.Y. He notched 27 points (11-16=27) in 27 games for Nobles in 2010-11. Gilmour played at Thayer Academy with Wild prospect Charlie Coyle. Gilmour will play collegiately at Boston College after going to USHL Muskegon.
“Adam is a skilled centerman who has a ways to go physically,” Flahr said. “He’ll play in a good college program and has a bright future.”
Gunnarsson, 20 (4/15/92), played for Lulea of the Swedish Elite League in 2011-12, totaling seven points (3-4=7), while notching three points (2-1=3) in six games for Lulea’s junior team. The 6-foot-4, 191-pound blueliner hails from Koping, Sweden.
“Daniel is a tall, rangy defenseman with good hands,” Flahr said.
Bertschy, 18 (4/5/94), totaled 16 points (8-8=16) in 31 games for Bern of the Swiss League last season, while adding 22 points (7-15=22) in 13 games for the Bern junior team. He skated for Team Switzerland at the IIHF World Junior Championships, tallying four points (2-2=4). The 5-foot-10, 170-pound forward was born in Friburg, Switzerland.
“Christoph is skilled with good hands and a nose for the net,” Flahr said. “He’s got two more years on his contract in Switzerland. Pavel Routa is very high on him.”
Nanne, 18 (6/18/94), skated 24 games with Edina High School in 2011-12, totaling 20 points (12-8=20). His grandfather, Lou, captained Team USA at the 1968 Olympics and played for the Minnesota North Stars from 1968 to 1978. He was named coach and general manager of the North Stars in 1978 and stayed on as GM until 1988. Louis’ father, Marty, was drafted 161st overall in 1986 by Chicago and is a scout for the Wild. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound forward hails from Edina.
“We know Louis well,” Flahr said. “What we know is he is a real hard-working, character kid. He’ll play in Penticton next year before joining the Gophers. We love his dedication to the sport.”
Friday, the Wild selected defenseman Mathew Dumba with the seventh overall pick. Dumba, 17 (7/25/94), posted 57 points (20-37=57) and 67 penalty minutes (PIM) in 69 games for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2011-12. He led all WHL defensemen in goals and was sixth in points, while leading Red Deer with nine power play goals. Dumba was captain of Team Canada at the 2012 Under-18 World Championships, recording a tournament-best 12 points (5-7=12) in seven games. He was named the Best Defenseman of the competition en route to capturing a bronze medal.
The John Rose MN OVAL in Roseville will serve as the site of the Summer Bash on Thursday, June 28. From 6-9 p.m., fans will have a chance to play hockey-themed games and can take part in autograph sessions and photo opportunities with Wild celebrities. Other activities include open skating, live music, zamboni rides, food and beverage, a live KFAN broadcast and more.