The Wild’s first-rounder in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft is a defenseman, so there’s that.
But that means the Wild’s second-rounder will be a forward, and it has to be a player that can skate and score.
The Wild selected forward Taylor Chorney, 20, in the first round (No. 7 overall) of the NHL Entry Hockey League (HLLE) playoffs, the Minnesota Stars reported on Wednesday.
The Wild selected Chorney with the 21st overall pick of the draft, which was also the number of picks they took from other teams.
Chorney was named the league’s rookie of the year.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward from Lakeville, Ontario (OHL) scored seven goals and eight assists for 10 points with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.
He led the league in goals with 37 and ranked second in points with 53.
Chaney was a second-team All-OHL pick as a junior and was named to the OIT’s All-Star team as a senior.