The title to this post is both my 2nd favorite Pearl Jam song and what I’m hoping for with the Wild’s first pick on Friday. It is crucial that the team leave Friday with a potential superstar or a very good player and a few more picks in the 2nd and/or 3rd rounds.
Assuming Tavares, Hedman and the hyphenated Swede are gone by #12, I hope that Jordan Schroeder will be available. Those who know me know that I’m not the biggest Gopher hockey fan in the world(*), but I still think Schroeder is destined for stardom. Local or not, he’s a great offensive talent that would fit perfectly in an up-tempo scheme. If he’s gone when the Wild pick (which, honestly, is probable), then I say trade down a bit, accumulate some more picks and start to replenish the system. I guess I wouldn’t be too upset either if they took the Ellis kid; he’s small but is supposed to be a good power-play quarterback.
(*) To long to explain here, but let’s just say I’m not a big booster of “The Program.”