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Funny How The Draft Works Out

from Gord Stellick of CBC,

On draft day, Whalers management and scouts sat at their draft table waiting to make their much publicized selection. Their scouting staff included Bob Carpenter Sr., who looked forward to formally welcoming his son to the NHL in a few minutes time…

Now it was the Colorado Rockies turn who quickly called “time.” Not uncommon for teams to want a few extra minutes to discuss their selection or even discuss a possible trade. Nothing that caused any angst at the Hartford table situated beside Colorado’s table.

That changed when the Rockies announced that they had made a trade that included flipping their first-round pick with the Washington Capitals, who were selecting fifth overall. Ironically, there were also seated beside the Whalers table. 

Before they could fully absorb the implications of the Washington Capitals moving up two draft spots, the Capitals had announced the selection of Bobby Carpenter. An angry and emotional Whalers entourage sat in stunned silence. Carpenter’s father bolted away from the table for a few minutes to regain his composure….

They settled on a centre from the Ontario Hockey League.  Their runner-up selection was Ron Francis from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds!

read on to find out how Ray Bourque landed in Boston…

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An angry and emotional Whalers entourage sat in stunned silence.

Hmm, so which was it?  Angry and emotional or stunned silence?

Posted by Garth on 06/19/12 at 03:37 PM ET

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An angry and emotional Whalers entourage sat in stunned silence.

Hmm, so which was it?  Angry and emotional or stunned silence?

Posted by Garth on 06/19/12 at 01:37 PM ET

Being angry does not equate to loud and obnoxious.  You can be clearly furious and overcome to everyone who can see you, yet still sit in silence.

Posted by Primis on 06/19/12 at 04:43 PM ET

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No, you can’t be stunned and angry.

You can be stunned and then become angry once you get over being stunned.

Posted by Garth on 06/19/12 at 04:58 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

This is my favorite argument of the whole month.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/19/12 at 05:00 PM ET

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How about the fact that Detroit wanted to draft Lafontaine but “settled” for some kid named Yzerman?

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/19/12 at 05:07 PM ET

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Chris in Hockey Hell

I think they knew about that in advance. This article is about “surprise picks.”

Another one that wasn’t quite as much of a last minute “surprise” as Carpenter/Francis or Brown/Bourque was a few years ago when Brian Burke stood in the aisle on the draft floor asking Bryan Murray, “Is Kadri the guy you want? Is Kadri the guy you want?,” then saying, “That’s who we’re taking.” I’ve never liked Burke, but that really made me laugh.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 06/19/12 at 06:56 PM ET

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