Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/10/09 at 03:01 PM ET
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
NHL.com: Was there ever a time when you needed to switch gears because an unsuspected pick was made right before yours?
HA: “Sometimes we go by a list that we put together, but I still remember the year (2004) we drafted Johan Franzen. The name higher on our list at the time was Alexander Edler. But Vancouver made a trade when they realized we were likely going to take him since they didn’t have a third-round pick. We knew Vancouver was interested in Alex, but we felt pretty safe since they didn’t have a third-round pick. But then we heard the announcement that a trade was made and I said to Jim Nill, ‘This is it, Vancouver is trading for a pick just before us and they’re going to take Alex.’ So we waited and Vancouver did it. So Jim and I regrouped and said ‘Ok, what’s the next name.’ That was Johan Franzen, so we took him.”
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