Live Draft Blog - Day 1
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By Adam Brady
All times Eastern
10:55 p.m. - We're just shy of 11 p.m. and this thing is over, as the crowd wearily makes it way out of here like they're walking away from a car accident. We'll be back tomorrow for a little more. In the meantime, check out Ducks Blog for more and we'll have a feature on Ducks pick Jake Gardiner soon.
10:52 p.m. - The Red Wings suits approach the stage to applause, mostly because these people realize they get to go home now. Steve Yzerman heads to the podium to a nice ovation and announces the Red Wings pick Tom McCollum, the second goalie picked in this year's Draft. Looks like they're already looking to replace the retiring Dominik Hasek. He comes to the stage without a mask on. Don't you think it would be cool if they wore a mask?
10:49 p.m. - Atlanta makes its pick and we just have Detroit left before this night is through.
10:45 p.m. - Gretz gets up there again to announce Phoenix's 28th pick and his reception is a lot quieter. It's sleepy time in here, folks.
10:44 p.m. - The Ducks now have three second-round picks within nine spots of each other in tomorrow's second round.
10:41 p.m. - Anaheim trades that 28th pick to Phoenix for 35 and 38. So, looks like the Ducks are done for the day.
10:40 p.m. - They announce that the Ducks have the next selection, and the boos are a lot more tame than before. I guess these guys have left or are in a beer coma.
10:36 p.m. - The girl in the row in front of me keeps getting texts from some dude sitting in the stands, and every few minutes she turns around, smiling and silent-laughing. Good God, woman. Just meet up with the guy and make out already, would ya?
10:32 p.m. - Since our internet connection has improved, I'm better able to scan through the online profiles of the top prospects the NHL has provided. I'm learning that new Ducks pick Jake Gardiner (who was born on July 4, by the way) lists his favorite movie as "The Mighty Ducks." How about that? Can't say much for his taste, but it is a nice coincidence. And the Minnesota kid's favorite place to shop? Target. Good lord. He'll fit right in when he gets to Orange County.
10:27 p.m. - Buffalo is on the clock for the 26th pick as we're making our way to the end of the first round. The Ducks, if they stay put, will be up in three picks.
10:04 p.m. - We're back -- for now -- using a different internet connection after the NHL shut down the one they were providing. Since this thing is kind of sketchy, I’m going to pick my spots a bit and not report on every pick.
10:02 p.m. – The Edmonton rep gets to the podium and asks if he can tell a story about an Oilers person who died recently. A drunk guy behind me yells out, “We don’t care!” A little harsh. Just a little. The Oilers take 5-10 Jordan Eberle of Regina, a town whose the proper pronounciation still makes me giggle. Yes, I’m 34 years old. One guy in the crowd starts a “Let’s go, Oilers!” chant. No one joins him.
9:51 - I just realized the Kings have 14 picks in this draft. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Stanley Cup Champions: The Los Angeles … I can’t say it.
9:48 - I missed the last 20 minutes while Ducks pick Jake Gardiner was being interview. He’s an interesting kid and we’ll have more on him tonight. In the meantime, it looks like Nashville, Philly and the Rangers picked … aw, who really cares?
9:28 - The crowd boos Brian Burke as he gets to the podium, and shouts of “You suck!” and “You’ll be in Toronto next year” can be heard. He says, “It’s great to be back in Ottawa. Thank you.” That draws a well-deserved laugh. The Ducks pick Jake Gardiner from Minnetonka High School in Minnesota. We’ll have much more on him later. Let’s hope Gardiner’s game is better than his hair. That thing looks like he’s been wearing a ballcap for, I don’t know, the last three years straight. Thank goodness he gets to quickly slip that Ducks cap on with the jersey as his mom shoots pictures of him from the crowd.
9:27 p.m. - The video board runs a feature where prospects tell the stories of their most embarrassing moments in hockey. Most of the stories are so long and drawn out, I think these guys have a new most embarrassing moment: Telling a long, boring story in front of thousands of fans at the NHL Entry Draft.
9:24 p.m. - Bettman: “The 17th overall selection belongs to the Anaheim Ducks. Crowd: “BOOOOO!!!” Bitter much, Sens fans?
9:21 p.m. - Peter Chiarella, the GM for Boston, thanks the city of Ottawa, “my hometown,” (cheers) and then congratules the Boston Celtics on their championship (boos). Do they care that much about the NBA in Ottawa? Anyway, the Bs (the only Boston team not to make it to a championship final in the last year), take Joe Colborne, a 6-5, 190-pound center.
9:17 p.m. - TSN asks Karlsson, because of his size, “Can you play in the National Hockey League and make an impact on defense?” What’s he supposed to say, “Nah, I don’t think so”?
9:14 p.m. - Daniel Alfredsson leads the huge group of suits to the stage to announce their pick, and shoots a puck at Scott Niedermayer on his way there. Alfredsson walks to the podium to announce the pick to chants of “Alfie! Alfie!” He says, “I am proud to announce the Ottawa Senators take with their first selection, defenseman Erik Karlsson of Landsbro, Sweden. Was Alfie obligated to pick someone Swedish? If they wanted a kid from Regina, would someone else have announced it? These are the things I think about. Anyway, Karlsson is 5-11, 165, prompting one guy in the crowd to say, “Give him a set of weights!” The jersey he slips on hangs on him like a little kid trying on his big brother’s shirt.
9:13 p.m. - Nashville trades its 15th pick to Ottawa for the Sens’ 18th pick and … I can’t hear it because the crowd is going crazy. Either way, the Sens move up and pick next. Suddenly the video board is playing Sens highlights to the tune of “Beautiful Day” by U2. Okay.
9:05 – The Hurricanes GM becomes the second team (with Tampa) to congratulate the Red Wings on winning the Cup. The Ducks aren’t supposed to do that when they pick, are they? The Canes take Zach Boychuk, a small center from Calgary. He’s got a sweet silver tie to go with his black dress shirt and dark grey suit.
8:59 – The Kings select Colten Teubert a Danish defenseman who looks like he could use a few danishes. He’s 6-4 and just 185. So the Kings dump their best center and take two defensemen? Curious.
8:58 – Bettman announces that the Kings are picking next, and I barely hear one woman behind me in the stands clapping and saying, “Whoo!” Must be Lauren Conrad.
8:55 p.m. – Kevin Devine, the head of amateur scouting for the Sabres, says hi to the “4,000 fans” watching at their arena. He then selects Tyler Myers, the 6-7 kid who was born in Houston, but moved to Alberta when he was a kid. Myers is listed at 204 pounds and that may be an exaggeration. That’s a tall, skinny kid.
8:53 p.m. – The Kings trade the pick they just got from the Ducks to Buffalo for the 13th pick and a third-round pick in 2009.
8:46 p.m. The Blackhawks take Kyle Beach, after a few players ranked below him had already gone. Beach has a reputation of being somewhat of an instigator, which is why there was talk of the Ducks taking him. He’s a center from North Vancouver and averaged 3.7 penalty minutes a game in the WHL last year.
8:39 p.m. - New Vancouver GM Mike Gilles gives a nice mention to the Bourdon family, in honor of Luc Bourdon, who died in a motorcyle crash last month. Then he announces the Canucks take Cody Hodgson of Ontario and Brampton of the OHL.
8:32 p.m. - The Islanders are actually going to pick, and they take Joshua Bailey from Oshawa, Ontario.
8:29 p.m. - Bettman announces that the Islanders are next and some in the crowd yell, “”Trade it!”
8:24 p.m. – The Great one steps the podium wearing reading glasses and receives a huge ovation from this crowd, half of whom are standing. Is there a more beloved figure in any sport than Gretz? I’m getting chills. He waits patiently, thanks the crowd and announces that his team selects Mikkel Boedker of Denmark. Boedker was a winger on the Kitchener team that lost in the Memorial Cup final to Spokane, the team that broke the trophy. Just think, a couple more goals in that final game and that thing could have fallen apart on him.
8:19 - p.m. The Islanders don’t seem to be ready to pick. They trade their seventh for the ninth and 40th of Nashville.
8:16 - We’re back for now after some technical difficulties. Can’t believe how shoddy the internet connection has been in this place. Imagine the most frustrated you’ve ever been in your life and multiply that by 30. That’s me right about now.
8:11 – Scott Howson comes to the stage and says the Jackets select Nikita Filatov, the Russian winger whom we’re not even sure will be allowed to play here. Filatov takes off his jacket to slip on the jersey, and it appears that his tie is wrapped around the outside of his collar. Must be Russian style. When he poses for the obligatory picture he wraps his arms around Howson and another Columbus exec. Got to love it.
8:08 p.m. – Columbus trades pick 19 and their third-round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for R.J. Umberger and Philly’s fourth-round pick. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
8:05 p.m. – Bettman announces that the sixth pick belongs to the Columbus Blue Jackets and the crowd … doesn’t react at all. Bettman may have said, “To the owner of a blue Volvo … your lights are on.” Poor Columbus. They’re not relevant enough to even be booed. Maybe in Columbus.
8:03 p.m. – You can hardly hear it over the boos and chants of “Leafs Suck!” but the Leafs select Luke Schenn, another big defenseman, from Kelowna of the WHL
8:00 p.m. – The Islanders have traded their pick to Toronto for the seventh pick and Toronto’s option of pick 60 and Toronto’s third-round pick in 2009 OR pick 68 this year and Toronto’s second-round pick in 2009. Or at least I think that’s it. Either way, Toronto is on the clock. Let’s see if they try to draft Brian Burke.
7:57 – The video board shows Toronto interim GM Cliff Fletcher, which draws boos from the Ottawa crowd that hates everything Canadian that isn’t the Sens. Fletcher actually looks up to see what all the booing is about and then realizes it’s him. The look on his face is priceless. He looks like he just got caught stealing candy.
7:54 – While we await the Islanders pick, the video board plays a segment where prospects admit the most embarrassing song on their playlists. The mentions include Bye Bye Bye, It’s All Coming Back to Me by Celine Dion, Piece of Me by Britney Spears and assorted Spice Girls tunes. Please God, don’t let anybody ever ask me that one.
7:48 p.m. – The Blues select Alex Pietrangelo, a 6-3 defenseman from Niagara of the OHL.
7:40 p.m. - Another trade: Montreal trades pick 25 and it’s second-round pick next year to Calgary in exchange for Alex Tanguay and Calgary’s fifth-round pick in this year’s draft (138).
7:29 p.m. - Dean Lombardi says hello to the 2,000 Kings fans at the Draft Party at the Nokia Theatre, adding, "It should be an interesting night. We have about 100 picks." Then he selects defenseman Drew Doughty, who has said he grew up a Kings fan. Or did he say, "I was a Kings fan; then I grew up." Doughty is prounced "Doubt-ee" as in, "I doubtee this guy will be in the minors too long."
7:23 p.m. - The Kings are on the clock. Even they can't screw this one up, right?
7:21 p.m. - It is looking like the Ducks will move down and pick 17th and 28th, but it's not official yet.
7:20 p.m. - No surprise, the Lightning select Steven Stamkos. Never saw that coming.
7:14 - The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the clock.
7:13 p.m. - The is word of the Ducks trading down as part of a three-way deal that involved the Kings trading Mike Cammalleri to Calgary. We'll get on that.
7:12 p.m. - Gary Bettman comes to the podium and his introduction is drowned out by more boos. He ends the long intro by saying, "We want to thank the fans for making us feel so welcome." The crowd laughs heartily.
7:08 p.m. - The board shows a series of video messages, the final one from the premier of Canada, who receives a flood of boos.
7:04 p.m. - We’re having technical difficulties in here and the internet connection is cutting in and out. Great news! Bear with me.
6:59 p.m. - The owner of the Sens addresses the crowd and calls Ottawa, “The greatest hockey city in America.” The crowd goes wild. Five minutes later, as he’s still droning on, someone yells, “Wrap it up!”6:50 p.m. - The Draft kicks off with a role call, indicating which front office member will be representing each team. Anaheim is first alphabetically and their announcement draws a rousing round of boos. Guess they're still hurting over here.