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Wild select eight players in 2019 NHL Entry Draft

Minnesota added five forwards, two goaltenders and one defensemen.
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ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild selected eight players during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

After selecting left wing Matthew Boldy 12th overall in the first round on Friday, the Wild continued to focus on the forward position Saturday by selecting left wing Vladislav Firstov in the second round with the 42nd overall pick. The 18-year-old tallied 58 points, 26 goals and 32 assists, in 62 games with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League during the 2018-19 season.

The Wild moved back into the second round after trading a third and fourth round selection to Carolina. Minnesota took goaltender Hunter Jones with the 59th overall pick. The 18-year-old posted a 28-24-2 record with a 3.31 GAA in 57 games with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2018-19 season. Jones became the 14th goaltender drafted in Wild history.

Minnesota dealt a 2020 third round pick to Nashville for the 75th overall selection and drafted left wing Adam Beckman. The 6-foot-1, 168-pound forward recorded 62 points, 32 goals and 30 assists, in 68 games with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League.

In the fifth round of the draft, the Wild took center Matvey Guskov with the 149th overall selection. Guskov had 30 points, 12 goals and 18 assists, in 59 games with the London Knights of the OHL during the 2018-19 season. In the sixth round, the Wild grabbed defenseman Marshall Warren with the 166th overall pick. Warren registered 34 points, eight goals and 26 assists, in 58 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program during the 2018-19 season.

The Wild selected center Nikita Nesterenko with the 172nd overall pick in the sixth round. The 17-year-old had 59 points, 30 goals and 29 assists, in 31 games with Lawrenceville in the New Jersey Prep High School League during the 2018-19 season. To close out the draft, the Wild chose goaltender Filip Lindberg in the seventh round with the 197th overall pick. The 20-year-old went 11-4-0 with a 1.60 GAA in 17 games with the University of Massachusetts during the 2018-19 season.