MICHAEL RUSSO, Star Tribune

Three years ago in Wilkes-Barre, the Edmonton Oilers shared the Pittsburgh Penguins' minor league club.

Todd Richards, now the Wild's coach but then the Baby Pens' coach, was ambushed with almost too many bodies, so in training

camp, Richards barely noticed a kid named Kyle Brodziak.

But after starting the season as a healthy scratch, Brodziak slowly earned the trust of Richards to the point he was

ultimately voted Wilkes-Barre's 2006-07 team MVP after a 56-point, 62-game season.

Saturday, in Chuck Fletcher's first player trade as the Wild's GM, Brodziak went from being a St. Paul, Alberta, native to a


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