Minnesota Wild draft defenseman Filip Johansson in first round

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Filip Johansson poses after being selected twenty-fourth overall by the Minnesota Wild during the first round of the 2018 draft. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

With their first pick in the NHL draft, the Minnesota Wild will be beefing up their defense.

In the first round for the 24th overall pick, the Wild selected 18-year-old defenseman Filip Johansson from Sweden. 

He spent most of the 2017-18 season on the Leksands’ junior team. He is also a two-time medalist internationally.

Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Brent Flahr called Johansson "a smart d-man with very good mobility" saying he "moves the puck very well in transition and plays the game with a lot of poise."