Because it's 90 degrees and muggy outside, my thoughts naturally turn to hockey. Actually, it's because the NHL Draft is this weekend, with the first round Friday night and the final six rounds on Saturday.
It promises to be an exciting weekend for our Minnesota Wild. With new GM Cliff Fletcher and new Coach Todd Richards in place, the team is reportedly looking to make some deals, which may or may not include trading down from our #12 draft position in the first round.
Ottawa sniper Dany Heatly is reportedly available, and there's still the melodrama around Marian Gaborik (see April 9 post...I still want him back), but it seems likely that the Wild roster will look much different by Monday morning.
It's easy to pick out the first two or three players in the draft, but the main reason for this post is that I wanted to be on record in saying that the steal of this draft will be a Swedish winger named Carl Klingberg.
Most projections have him going late in the first round, or maybe even early in the second, but I have it on good authority that this kid is the real deal. He's huge: 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, skates well and has a hard shot. He started the year playing in juniors, and by the end of the season played 10 games with the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish Elite League. He won't be a big name this weekend, but when he scores 35 goals for someone in 2012 and everyone says "where'd he come from?", then I want to be able to point back to this post and say "I told you so."
Here's a picture of young Mr. Klingberg. How is it that a socialist society like Sweden has been able to resist the political correctness fascists and can still call a team the "Indians" and have this logo?