Outside of Vegas, the Minnesota Wild are the only team in the NHL to never draft a UND-bound player
There are only two NHL teams who have never picked a UND player in the draft.
One is the Vegas Golden Knights, who have only participated in the event once.The other is the Minnesota Wild.
The Wild have had 18 drafts in franchise history, selecting a total of 129 players, but none of them have been UND-bound.
Since the Wild became a franchise in 2000, the only other teams who haven’t picked a UND player are the Detroit Red Wings (last was Rick Zombo in 1981), the Calgary Flames (last was George Pelawa in 1986/Kevin Melrose in 1984) and Vegas.
In the last decade, 26 of the 31 NHL teams have picked a UND player.
Minnesota has the 24th pick in the first round of the NHL Draft tonight, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
That’s at the top of the range where UND-bound defensemen Jonny Tychonick and Jacob Bernard-Docker are projected to go. Most scouts peg Tychonick and Bernard-Docker as late-first or second-round picks.
The Wild also have three third-round picks, two fifth-round picks, a sixth-round pick and a seventh-round pick.
UND’s other draft prospects are projected late-rounders in forwards Gavin Hain and Jasper Weatherby. Goalie Adam Scheel also is draft eligible, but isn’t expected to go.
Although the Wild haven’t drafted any UND players, they have signed a number of them.
Brad Bombardir, Travis Roche, Curtis Murphy, Chay Genoway, Zach Parise and Chris Porter all have played for Minnesota.
Parise is currently the alternate captain for the Wild.
The Minnesota North Stars regularly drafted UND players. In their last 15 years before moving to Dallas, they picked six UND-bound players.
MOST RECENT UND-DRAFTED PLAYER BY EACH NHL TEAM
2017 -- Nashville Predators
2016 -- New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche
2015 -- Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks
2014 -- Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks
2013 -- San Jose Sharks, Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers
2012 -- Los Angeles Kings
2011 -- Edmonton Oilers
2010 -- Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens
2009 -- New Jersey Devils
2008 -- Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres
2001 -- Pittsburgh Penguins
2000 -- Carolina Hurricanes
1986 -- Calgary Flames
1981 -- Detroit Red Wings
Never -- Minnesota Wild, Vegas Golden Knights