I had roughly planned to talk to A.J. Thelen, Minnesota's first-round pick in 2004 (12th overall) tonight as the Texas Wildcatters visited, but decided not to. Not only did I want to talk to the newly-assigned Tomas Pospisil for my forthcoming Wolves update, but Thelen is...well, not that good. Guys get sent down to the ECHL for a variety of reasons, but in his case, it's not a mystery. He's under contract with the Houston Aeros, but Jon Awe is up with them and not Thelen.
If someone had said at the 2004 draft that just three years later, this is would be his fate, they would have been ridiculed for going so much against the conventional wisdom. But here it is, in black and yellow.