ISSUE 7 • VOLUME 3 • JULY 2010
2010-2011 Draft Picks & Signings
The Minnesota Wild drafted European skater Mikael Granlund during the 2010 NHL draft in Los Angeles. With the #9 pick,
General Manager Chuck Fletcher, announced the selection for the #1 overall pick in Europe. From Finland, 18 year old
Granlund averaged nearly a point-per-game in his first season in Finland's top league, leading all rookies with 40 points (13-27-
40) in 43 games playing for HIFK - a program that has produced several NHL stars. He represented his country at the 2010
World Junior Championships where he led his team in points (7) and assists (6) with Finland finishing fifth overall.
The Wild also drafted 5 other players during the 7 round draft:
Rd. 2 (#39): Brent Bulmer from Prince George, B.C.
Rd. 2 (#56): Johan Larsson from Lau, Sweden.
Rd. 2 (#59): Jason Zucker from Las Vegas, NV.
Rd. 6 (#159): Johan Gustafsson from Koping, Sweden.
Rd. 7 (#189): Dylen McKinlay from Langley, BC.
Right wing Brad Staubitz was signed to a two-year contract. Staubitz, 25, was acquired by
Minnesota from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fifth round pick (#129) in the 2010 NHL
Entry Draft. He recorded six points and 110 penalty minutes (PIM) in 47 games with San Jose in
2009-10, his first full season in the NHL. The 6’1”, 210-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta has
totaled nine points and 186 PIM in 82 career NHL games with San Jose. He was originally signed
as a free agent by the Sharks on Sept. 19, 2005.
Matt Cullen, a Virginia, MN native, was signed to a three-year contract with the Minnesota
Wild. The 6’1” center posted 48 points in 81 total games with Carolina and Ottawa in the 2009-
10 season and averaged 18:45 in ice time and won 51% of face-offs. He added eight points,
including two power play goals (PPG), in six playoff games. Cullen won a Stanley Cup with
Carolina in 2006. Cullen has totaled 461 points, including 43 PPG and 10 shorthanded goals in
880 games over 12 NHL seasons with Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, the New York Rangers and
Ottawa. He was a Second Team All-WCHA selection at St. Cloud State in 1997 and has four
times represented the United States at the IIHF World Championship. He was Anaheim’s
second-round pick (#35 overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
The Minnesota Wild signed left wing Eric Nystrom to a three-year contract. The son of former
NHL player Bob Nystrom, 27-year old Eric tallied career highs in goals, assists and points while
accruing 117 hits and skating in all 82 games for the Calgary Flames in 2009-10. From Syosset,
N.Y., Nystrom has played in 204 games over parts of four seasons with Calgary, totaling 39
points and 191 penalty minutes (PIM). He played collegiately at the University of Michigan and
was Calgary’s first-round pick (#10 overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
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Goalie Dennis Endras from Immenstadt, Germany was signed to the Minnesota Wild to a one-
year, two-way contract. The 6-foot Endras led the Augsburger Panther to the finals of the
German Hockey League in 2009-10 posting a 28-24 record with a 3.28 GAA and a .905 SV% in 52
regular season contests. Endras went 8-6 with a 2.36 GAA and a .937 SV% in 14 playoff matches.
Endras was named the Rookie of the Year in 2009 posting a 26-24 record with a 3.05 GAA, a .905
SV% and six shutouts in 50 games.
Don’t forget that the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will take place at our own Xcel Energy Center on Friday, June 24th and Saturday,
June 25th. The 2011 NHL Entry Draft will be the second-ever held in the state of Minnesota and the first at Xcel Energy Center.
Stay tuned for more information in upcoming newsletters!
History of Hockey: Development Camp
Minnesotans and the Stanley Cup
The Minnesota Wild will hold a development camp for team
The Stanley Cup is awarded annually to the NHL playoffs prospects July 13-19 at Xcel Energy Center. The camp will focus
champion. It was donated by former Governor General of on the development of the organization’s top young prospects
Canada Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892, and is the oldest in both on-ice and off-ice settings. Houston Aeros Head Coach
professional sports trophy in North America. Mike Yeo and Minnesota Wild Director of Player Development
Brad Bombardir will lead the on-ice sessions.
In 1914, the two professional ice hockey
organizations, the National Hockey A total of 36 players are scheduled to attend the Wild’s 2010
Association and the Pacific Coast Hockey Development Camp including 19 selected by Minnesota in the
Association, reached an agreement in NHL Entry Draft. Players scheduled to attend include Cody
which their respective champions would Almond, Tyler Cuma, Justin Falk, Kristopher Foucault, Colton
face each other for the Stanley Cup. It Gillies, Nate Prosser, Marco Scandella and Casey Wellman
became the championship trophy of the along with five players selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
NHL in 1926 and has been under the
league’s exclusive control since 1947. The camp will conclude with scrimmages on Saturday, July 17
and Sunday, July 18 at Xcel Energy Center. The scrimmage on
Since the 1913–14 season, the trophy July 17 will be accessible exclusively to Wild season ticket
has been won a combined 94 times by holders and feature a “State of the Team Address” along with
17 active NHL teams and a small post-scrimmage autographs. Autograph tickets will be
number of defunct clubs. The Montreal Canadiens have won distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
the Stanley Cup 23 times and made the finals an additional
seven times. There were two seasons when the Stanley Cup The scrimmage on July 18 will be open to the public with an
was not awarded: the 1918–19 season, because of a Spanish open skate opportunity for the first 250 people in attendance.
flu epidemic, and 2004–05, because of the NHL lockout. Both scrimmages will start at 11 a.m. Gate 1 will open at 10:30
am both days. For more information, click here.
Since the inception of the NHL Stanley Cup in 1926, there
have been a total of 36 Minnesotans to be a part of the Internship Opportunity!
championship team. Dustin Byfuglien from Roseau was on The Minnesota Wild Corporate Sales & Service team is
the Chicago Blackhawks winning team this past season. looking for an intern for the 2010-2011 season. Open only
Recent pick-up Matt Cullen was on the Cup team, Carolina to current college students; junior or senior, or current
Hurricanes, during the 2005-06 season. There have been 6 graduate student in degree program. This internship is
Minnesotans to win multiple Stanley Cups; Elwyn “Doc” unpaid and requires the successful completion of an
Romnes (2), Frank Brimsek (2), Don Jackson (2), Jamie internship assignment to be eligible for established
Langenbruner (2), Bill Nyrop (3) and Dave Langevin (4). academic credit program. For more information or to
apply, direct applicants to the following link and click on
July 30 – Pocket Schedule Ads due • August 6 – Media Guide
Ads due • August 13 – Event Suite Nights due • August 20 – All
Signage, Program Ads, Sponsorship Nights due • September 1 –
Radio Spots & Internet Ads due • September 24 – Yearbook Ads
due • October 1 – TV spots due
Did you know that Finland is actually not considered a "Scandinavian"
country, but a "Nordic" country? Wild.com is featuring a trivia
contest of 50-questions related to Finnish hockey and Finnish
culture. The Trivia Challenge was designed to celebrate the Wild's
season opening games in Finland, as well as the many Finnish natives
to wear the Wild uniform including Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom and
The contest, which runs through Friday, August 13, will precede the
Wild opening the 2010 NHL regular season in Finland and will help
fans learn about the heritage of many Minnesotans, some of the Finnish players who have skated in the NHL and for the
Minnesota Wild. At the end of the contest, the fan who has earned the most points will win the grand prize, including an
autographed Mikko Koivu Team Finland jersey, four tickets to the Wild regular season home-opener at Xcel Energy Center
and an opportunity to meet with Koivu following the game. To register, visit this link.
Xcel Energy Center Upcoming Events
Events highlighted in red have suites available!
For more information, visit www.xcelenergycenter.com. If you are interested in purchasing a suite for one of the upcoming
events, please contact Kathleen Borschke at email@example.com.
August 30 & 31 - Suites Available
Dave Matthews Band
September 15 – Suites Available
October 24 - Suites Available