ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The first Minnnesotan taken in this year’s NHL draft went, fittingly, to the host team.

The Minnesota Wild traded their third and fourth-round picks Saturday to the Canucks, using Vancouver’s second-round pick, No. 60 overall, to select left wing Mario Lucia of Wayzata High School.

Lucia is the son of University of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia. The family stood and cheered along with dozens of Wild fans in attendance at Xcel Energy Center after the pick was announced.

Mario Lucia says he “couldn’t have written a better story than this.”

Steven Fogarty of Edina was drafted in the third round by the New York Rangers. Kyle Rau of Eden Prairie went later to the Florida Panthers.

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  1. zee the reporter says:

    Im not sure what this team is looking for looks like to me the wild are drafting the push over boys~~you need to draft some bad ass players to get the job done! zee reporting!

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