Wild draft Swedish defenseman, trade Burns to Sharks
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild gave their fans plenty of action at the NHL draft.
The home fans roared when the Wild were announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and they made defenseman Jonas Brodin of Sweden the 10th overall pick. But the biggest splash came a few minutes later, when Bettman revealed the big trade that sent All-Star defenseman Brent Burns to San Jose.
The Wild packaged Burns with their 2012 second-round pick and received a pair of forwards, Devin Setoguchi and Charlie Coyle, plus a first-round pick, 28th overall, from the Sharks.
With that selection, the Wild took Zack Phillips, a center from the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He had 38 goals and 57 assists in 67 games last season.
Brodin, Coyle and Phillips remain prospects, but Setoguchi will be asked to contribute immediately.
He scored 31 goals in the 2008-09 season and 22 goals last season.
The Sharks took him with the eighth overall pick in the 2005 draft. Coyle was San Jose's first-round pick last year, 28th overall. He played for Boston University last season, with seven goals and 19 assists in 37 games.
The 17-year-old Brodin didn't score during the regular season in the Swedish Elite League, though he had two goals in 14 playoffs games. He had four assists plus 12 penalty minutes in 42 games for Farjestad. He was also part of Sweden's national team that won a silver medal this year at the under-18 world championships and is expected to stay with Farjestad next season.
Brodin put his arms around new head coach Mike Yeo and assistant general manager Brent Flahr as he posed on the podium for pictures.
"It was a fantastic feeling to be picked by Minnesota, in Minnesota," Brodin said.
Ranked third by the NHL's Central Scouting Service among European skaters, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Brodin is considered a mature player who rarely gets flustered. He's a smooth skater and crisp passer who is smart with the puck. Brodin insisted he has offensive ability, too.
"I can do points, and I like it. I like to bring the puck and follow the rush to the offense. That's my play," Brodin said.
He was a bit overwhelmed by the experience, his first trip to Minnesota.
"My hometown is like 1,000 people, so it's a big difference," Brodin said.
Phillips drew cheers from the crowd when he said during an interview shown on the arena scoreboard he likes to fish a lot.