Round 1 (26th Overall) - Shea Théodore (D), 6'2", 178 lbs, from Langley, British Columbia
Round 2 (45th Overall) - Nick Sörensen (RW), 6'1", 172 lbs, from Farevejle, Denmark (dual citizen with Sweden)
Round 4 - No Selection
Round 5 (147th Overall) - Grant Besse (RW), 5'9", 170 lbs, from Edina, M.N. Just graduated high school and is on his way to the University of Wisconsin. Move out of the way Gordon Bombay, this is the real Minnesota Miracle Man!
From MNHockeyProspects.com: "Besse is one of the most dangerous players in the state when the puck is on his stick, demonstrating great puck management skills while operating in the offensive zone. Besse can seemingly always find an opening, making opposing defenders pay the price for any coverage mistakes they may have made.
Besse has made great strides in tightening up his defensive game and should continue to improve as he gets more experienced. Besse does not have overwhelming speed but is an adequate skater. The same can be said for his shot, it is not the hardest but he can pick corners and releases it for many different angles."
Our buddy Andy Johnson at Bucky's 5th Quarter: "A left-handed right-wing, Besse is one of the most prolific scorers in Minnesota high school hockey history. Through 14 games this season, Besse has notched 25 goals and 12 assists for 37 points. For his career, the five-foot-ten, 185-pound Besse has netted 121 goals and 85 assists for 206 points in 89 games.
No stranger to big games, Besse set a Minnesota high school state championship game record when he scored all five of his teams goals in a 5-1 victory last spring in the AA title game over Hill-Murray." [Ed. Note: Three of his five goals were SHORT HANDED.]
Round 6 (177th Overall) - Miro Aaltonen (C/LW), 5'10", 168 lbs, from Joensuu, Finland. As we like to say around here: It's Finn for the win(n)! He was even mentioned in an article about his new teammate (maybe), Teemu Selanne.
From Matias Strozyk of EliteProspects.com: "A fairly small forward, Aaltonen can play as a center or in the left wing. He is a goal-scorer with good puckhandling and creativity. He also has very good playmaking-ability and is a useful assett on the man-advantage. Aaltonen skates well and has decent top-speed. He works hard but lacks physicality and needs to add plenty of strength ... he missed a great part of the 2nd half of the season after breaking his ankle at the World Junior Championships."
From Corey Pronman at Hockey Prospectus: "Despite being twice undrafted, Aaltonen took a significant step forward this season, showing quality offensive ability, particularly in U20 play. He is a creative, puck-possession type forward who has elements of flash and creativity in his game. He is a gifted puck handler, and he couples that with good offensive playmaking awareness. He shows the ability to make quick, correct decisions in tight spaces. He is also a solid to above-average skater, who may not have the ultra top gear desirable for a smaller player, but he certainly displays good speed. To that, his size is his major issue. He is 5'10" with a frame that needs bulk. He works hard, he will throw his body, and he will drive to the high percentage areas, but he still needs to develop his physicality. He also needs to improve his defensive play."
From Tony Piscotta of Hockey's Future: A dominant scorer for Jokipojat and with Finland's U17 and U18 teams during his junior days, Aaltonen proved he could score at the professional level, as well, scoring 11 goals in just 32 games for Espoo after seeing limited ice time in 26 games with the club a year earlier. He had five assists and was -2 with 22 penalty minutes, showing an abrasiveness to his game that some scouts felt was lacking previously."
Round 7 - No Selection