Plenty of intrigue with NHL draft’s first day

If you were an NHL fan between Winnipeg and the Twin Cities, you had to enjoy the NHL draft’s first day.

First, it was the Winnipeg franchise going with the very popular “Jets” nickname. That decision was announced prior to the draft’s first selection.

Reports are that social media may have played a big role in the decision, as it was believed the ownership group wanted to get away from the Jets moniker. Fans were clearly in favor of going with the nickname Winnipeg had before the Jets moved to Phoenix and became the Coyotes 15 years ago. And they made their feelings known.

Winnipeg hockey fans had plenty to cheer about Friday. Associated Press photo

Winnipeg hockey fans had plenty to cheer about Friday. Associated Press photo

The other interesting nugget from Friday was the Minnesota Wild trading defenseman Brent Burns to San Jose.

The Wild also shipped a second-round pick to the Sharks. In return, Minnesota received Devin Setoguchi, last year’s first-round pick Charlie Coyle and the 28th pick in Friday’s draft.

I thought Burns was a good player, but it seems like the Wild got a heckuva return for a player entering the final season of his contract. The Sharks are contenders, and you can’t blame them for wanting to make a push. Just seems like quite a load the Wild hauled in for a player they probably weren’t going to keep past this season.

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