In recent years, we have all been so accustomed to rapid development. Jonas Brodin was playing in the Swedish Men's National team one year after being drafted. Mikael Granlund was a star in Finland. And we have many more examples. Sometimes, just sometimes, it takes a little more time and patient.

The Wild's 28th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Zack Phillips, was a healthy scratch with the Aeros.

Does it mean anything serious? Probably not.

But does it raise an interesting idea? It does.