Saturday, June 26, 2004

NHL Draft Goes as Expected

Today in the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC. The NHL held their annual entry draft. I have just one word to say regarding the coverage and the events that took place.


I was attentive for the first 3 draft selections as the Capitals (who got lucky to get the #1 position) selected the much-hyped Alexander Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins had to be satisfied with Evgeni Malkin.

So, despite rumors of teams trading up, things went along as they were "supposed to". No shocking deals and no unknown draft picks were taken in the first round.

Some COHF Draft notables:

  • My "Insider" to the Capitals was on the TV screen a total of 30 seconds. The joint broadcast of Canada's TSN and USA's ESPN 2 followed around the tables on the arena floor, but failed to capture any real drama.
  • History was made when two Russian-born players were selected #1 and #2 overall.
  • I like what I hear from the Penguins late round Picks. Dave Brown a Canadian Goalie from the University of Notre Dame and Chris Peluso a Minnesota native defenceman could be major contributors.
  • Christopher Bourque, son of Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, was selected in the second round by Washington.
  • Standing as giants among men, two blue chip Slovak players Boris Valabik (6ft. 7in. 212lbs.) was selected #10 by the Thrashers and Andrej Meszaros (6ft. 198lbs.) was selected #23 by the Senators.
  • Robbie Schremp, a London Knights OHL player, was selected by the Oilers, but scouts and pundits say that Schremp believes his own hype and may cause problems on the bench.
  • Ted Leonsis is still fat and sweaty.
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