Hermantown's Krause Preparing for NHL Draft

By KBJR News 1

June 22, 2011 Updated Jun 22, 2011 at 10:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Hermantown native and UMD recruit Adam Krause will not be in front of a television set for this weekend's NHL Entry draft.

He will be out at his cabin fishing. So, if he is drafted, he said he likely won't know until Monday.

Krause, a former Hermantown Hawk, was at the Heritage Sports Center in Duluth on Wednesday to take part in the Minnesota Wild's Road Tour.

He and Duluth East graduate Max Tardy were there to take pictures with the Bulldogs' NCAA national championship trophy and sign some autographs.

Krause will start his freshman season with UMD this winter, and said that's where his focus will lie for now.

"I'm not too worried about it. I don't really think about it. The first few years I did, but now my hard work is towards UMD. That's who I owe it to, so whatever happens happens this weekend," Krause said. "I've got a lot of work to do before I hopefully get to the NHL, but the college game is my next step, so I want to perfect that before I move on."

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WILD PREPARING FOR HOMETOWN DRAFT, OWN #10 PICK

The Minnesota Wild hire Mike Yeo as the team's new head coach last week, and the new boss will already have some tough decisions to make this weekend.

The Wild own the number 10 overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft, which will be held on Friday and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Two of the team's current members, Jared Spurgeon and Brad Staubitz, were in Duluth Wednesday as part of the Wild's annual Road Tour, and they said they are excited for the weekend, whomever the team selects.

"I'm sure it will be a good choice no matter what happens," Spurgeon said. "I'm just looking forward to seeing it."

"This is something you'd always hear about as a kid, when somebody would get drafted," Staubitz said. "I can just imagine the excitement that's going to run through the kid, his family, and everyone involved with him that's got him to this point. This weekend is definitely a great weekend, and it's fun to host it here in Minnesota."

"The Wild pick 10th and the fans of Minnesota are certainly excited," Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson said. "I'm sure there will be a big applause whoever that player is. It's amazing all the work scouts do, and I think everyone sees the talent, but they're trying to find those other intangibles underneath."

Posted by Zach Schneider
zschneider@northlandsnewscenter.com

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