Saturday, June 21, 2008

Picks of note from Day 2

A few other names that stand out:

33rd overall, St. Louis took Basic McRae's son Philip, a big centreman from the London Knights

49th overall, Calgary took Mitch Wahl, a scoring centre from Long Beach, California, who played on the Memorial Cup champion Spokane Chiefs this year

49th overall, Phoenix took the other Staal brother, Jared, who has the size that runs in the family but is seen as more of a project player than Eric, Marc and Jordan

66th overall, the Islanders took Jonathan Toews brother, David, who has put up some pretty good numbers at Shattuck St. Mary's in Minnesota and was certainly worth a flyer

97th overall, Boston took Jamie Arniel, the newphew of former NHLer and current Manitoba Moose coach Scott Arniel

105th overall, Carolina took Michal Jordan, whose parents had a sense of humour

131st overall, Vancouver took Prab Rai, an East Indian centre from Surrey, B.C., who has put up great point totals with Seattle in the WHL

148th overall, the Islanders took Matt Martin, whose jersey junior teammate Steven Stamkos was carrying around the arena all day given he wasn't in attendance to pick it up

153rd overall, Los Angeles took Canadian junior hockey's MVP Justin Azevedo, who while 20 years old, is still quite a talent, even if he is 5 foot 7. Not bad for a sixth-round pick, however, as he had 43 goals and 124 points this season

Feel free to add others you see in the comments.

UPDATE HockeyDB already has its 2008 draft page up.



At 3:53 p.m., June 21, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

The Habs drafted Jason Missiaen in the 4th round, 116th overall. He's a 6'8" goaltender for Peterborough. If the nets get bigger....

Detroit drafted 2 Swedes, one in the 4th and one with the last pick. Gustav Nyquist (121st overall) and Jesper Samuelsson (211th overall). Come back to these picks in 5 years.

Minnesota took someone named Eero Elo 145th overall.

Phoenix took a Tikhonov, a Staal, a Brodeur, and a Hextall.

At 5:12 p.m., June 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody drafted Boston goalie Tuukka Rask's younger brother who was waiting (waiting and waiting)inside the Scotianbank Place with his agent.

Maybe his agent should've done some homework or at least asked some advice from Grapes. Must be an awful feeling to fly from Finland to Canada and then cry and fly back.

At 5:35 p.m., June 21, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Just figured this one out... Montreal picked Patrick Johnson 206th overall. This is deceased Penguins coach "Badger" Bob Johnson's grandson, and 1980 US Olympian Mark Johnson's son.

It's the first day of summer, but "it's a good day for hockey."

At 7:58 p.m., June 21, 2008, Blogger Down Goes Brown said...

Not really a notable player, but the Kings' seventh round selection of Garrett Roe caused a delay because apparently nobody other than the Kings knew who he was.

At 8:32 p.m., June 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three Swedish goalies were drafted from the SAME team Brynas!

Finland's TPS hockey club must be worried that Brynas is trying to take their status as the Europe's best goalie factory away.

TPS has produced Miikka Kiprusoff (Calgary), Antero Niittymaki (Philly), Fredrik Norrena (Columbus)and Jani Hurme (ex-Ottawa/Florida). Also Teemu Lassila was drafted by Nashville.

At 10:11 a.m., June 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Kruise Reddick? Anybody know?

At 5:09 p.m., June 23, 2008, Anonymous desdemona said...

Maxime Sauve - son of former NHLer Jean-Francois Sauve (Buffalo, Quebec). His uncle Bob Sauve is a former NHL goalie, while cousin Philippe Sauve had a stint in Boston.

Justin Schultz - His cousin, Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Beech, was drafted seventh overall by the Washington Capitals in 1999

Luke Adam's father, Russ Luke, was also drafted in the NHL, as the Toronto Maple Leafs seventh round pick (137th overall). Russ played eight games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1982.

Kyle Beach - The second cousin of current Oakland A’s pitcher Rich Harden

At 1:35 a.m., June 24, 2008, Blogger The HZA said...

Dustin Tokarski should have moved much faster than he did. He should have went over Chet Pickard if you ask me. But I am a the biased Chiefs fan girl and Tokarski seems to get snubbed all too often.

Kyle Beach is pretty much hated across the league for his antics on and off the ice. It's a bit worrisome that a kid that young has burned a lot of bridges.


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