Minnesota’s first-round pick, Zac Werensky, will be an NHL prospect for the first time in his life.
He’s just one of three first-year college players in the draft, along with Boston College forward Kyle Connor and Pittsburgh’s Adam Straith, who have already been selected.
The Wild’s fourth-round selection, Boston College defenseman Andrew MacWilliam, was selected with the No. 2 pick, behind Boston University defenseman Matt Puempel and Florida State forward Adam Hanifin.
Minnesota picked Werenskie with the 13th overall pick.
He was selected to the Minnesota Hockey League’s Western Collegiate Hockey League (WCHA) team in the seventh round of the 2016 NHL Draft, the same year that the Wild was named the first team to be crowned the Western Collegial Hockey League champion.
Werenskys play in the WCHA will likely have him playing in the league for the foreseeable future.
The 6-foot-3, 192-pound werenski was a third-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2016 and has played in the AHL for the Bruins and Buffalo Sabres.
In his junior season with Boston University, Werensked was second on the team with six goals and eight assists for 18 points in 23 games.
He led the Eagles with 13 points (six goals, nine assists) in 28 games, and tied for the team lead with seven power-play goals.