We are a week away from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, and Wild.com will be there to keep State of Hockey fans up to date on all the action. If you’re the type of fan that wants a sneak peek of all the rankings, videos and important info, you can check out Wild.com’s Draft Central, here. Fans who’d rather to go straight to the top and hear from the Wild’s brass about their draft plans, check out the Wild TV video of GM Chuck Fletcher and Assistant GM Brent Flahr talking about the upcoming draft, here. Hands down, the Lighthouse’s favorite part of the presser was when Fletcher was asked about how much the player meetings the day before the draft impacts their outlook on a prospect. With a heavy dose of sarcasm, Fletcher said that it hardly ever happens, with the exception of last year as they “panicked” and selected Jonas Brodin at the 10th spot. That must have been one heck of an interview (nodding and winking).
A Year After The Draft
A year after getting picked by the hometown team, Mario Lucia talked to Wild.com about the NHL Combine, Draft and his first year of junior hockey in the BCHL. Speaking with Lucia, one gets a quick sense he is a highly motivated and driven 18 year old. At a shade over 6-foot-3, Lucia still has some filling out to do, but said his summertime goal is to go into his freshman season at Notre Dame at about 195 pounds. Read the full story, here.
State of Hockey fans don’t have to head to Pittsburgh to enjoy this year’s draft. The Wild will host a draft party from 6 to 9 p.m. June 22 at Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub for the first round of the draft. For more information, go here.
Mitchell Hoists The Cup
We suppose congratulations are in order for former Wild defenseman Willie Mitchell and the Los Angeles Kings for winning our sport’s ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup. In case you’ve been under a rock, Monday the Kings closed out the final series against the Devils, 6-1. Much ado was given to the fact that Mitchell, when hoisting Lord Stanley’s chalice above his head, forgot to kiss the Cup. I for one believe it was just a savvy veteran move. We’ve all heard stories of where the Cup has been, so maybe Mitchell chose not put his lips to it.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream
Nate Prosser is a pretty good guy. On Tuesday, Prosser was scooping ice cream at a fundraising event for the Salvation Army. The Wild blueliner was at the Nicollet Mall, and for every scoop Prosser served up, $1 was donated to the Salvation Army. Look at that scoop below; once Prosser’s career in hockey is over I think he has a pretty promising career as an ice cream slinger.
Defending the Blue Line
Speaking of good causes, the Defending the Blue Line charity game is next week and State of Hockey fans can still get in on the action. The game is Wednesday, June 20 at Ridder Arena, and several NHL stars are scheduled to play. Go to the organization’s website for more information, here.