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NHL Playoffs 2012: New Jersey Devils Advance, Ship Draft Pick To Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild have gotten a 2013 third round draft pick from the New Jersey Devils thanks to conditions being met from the Marek Zidlicky trade.


The Minnesota Wild missed out on the 2012 NHL Playoffs in frustrating fashion, but that doesn't mean that they can't get anything out of the action this season. With the New Jersey Devils winning their series against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Wild picked up a draft pick.

Before the trade deadline, the Wild shipped out Marek Zidlicky to the Devils for three players and a second round draft pick in 2012. There was a conditional draft pick on there as well, a third rounder in 2013.The conditions were that Zidlicky play at least 75% of the playoffs until the Eastern Conference Finals, and that the Devils make it at least that far in the playoffs.

Both conditions have been met, so the Wild have gotten the third rounder. It's still a little bitter for the Wild to see Zidlicky play so well for the Devils in their playoff run so far after being a turnover machine at the start of the year. They'll take what they can get, though, and draft picks are always a good commodity to have.

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